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At 23, Cherokee County man is youngest lawmaker in the state

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At 20 years of age, Michael Caldwell ran for the District 20 seat in the Georgia House of Representatives, and lost to incumbent Charlice Byrd by roughly 200 votes. Two years later, Caldwell gave it another shot, and came out on top, becoming the youngest active member of the Georgia State Legislature.

Caldwell was just a few days shy of his 23rd birthday when he won the July primary with 53 percent of the vote over Byrd, who is nearly 40 years older.

"For me, I saw that my incumbent was going to run unopposed again, and I had a problem with that," said Caldwell. "I'm a big believer that opposition creates accountability."

The general election in November was an easy victory, and Caldwell was sworn in last month to begin his first term.

"We've run what I call the most transparent campaign in state history," said Caldwell. "We disclose every penny we campaign with on our website, we disclose every vote we make on the House floor."

Caldwell said he is uncertain of his plans after his first term, saying that he just wants to get through the first two years in one piece.

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