Ex-Bulldog football player kicks off campaign for Congress – WGAU


There is primary opposition for Republican Congressman Andrew Clyde, the Athens Armory owner who represents Northeast Georgia’s newly redesigned 9th District in the United States House. Former Georgia Bulldog football player Ben Souther, who most recently worked as an FBI agent, said he will be on the ballot for the GOP primary in May.

On the Ben Southern campaign website…

Ben Souther is a former University of Georgia football player and a 7th generation North Georgian. He is proudly running as the Republican candidate in Georgia’s newly formed 9th congressional district, which no longer includes the incumbent congressman. Ben is a proud citizen of Murrayville, Georgia.

Ben recently served as an FBI Special Agent. He had the honor of working with America’s bravest crime fighters. As an FBI agent, Ben blended in with local law enforcement and took on the real criminals. At 29, Ben was one of the youngest agents ever selected for the FBI’s SWAT team in Atlanta. He helped locate and recover a murder victim in Boston, arrested an infamous subject of the hit TV series “The First 48”, assisted FBI Director Chris Wray’s Protection Detail, and was tapped to join an elite resident agency as lead special agent for the violence. Crimes against children and white collar crimes.

Ben graduated from UGA’s Terry College of Business with a degree in Business Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Prior to joining the FBI, he was a mentor in the Hall County school system and a licensed real estate broker – from The Southern Real Estate Brokerage. While in graduate school at the School of Public and International Affairs, Ben was a graduate assistant at the University of Georgia Athletic Association. In the UGA Athletic Association, Ben worked with the world-class program “The Georgia Way”. Since leaving the FBI, Ben has started The North Georgia Company with a focus on land innovation and business development. Ben also served on the Board of Emerging Professionals at Peach State Bank & Trust in Gainesville, Georgia.

Ben is married to his college girlfriend, Kristen, who is a pediatric critical care nurse. They are former adoptive parents from the North Georgia community. They have three children: their eldest is Ben Souther II (4 years old), whom the couple adopted, as well as Parks (3 years old) and Kate (9 months old).


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