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Editor's note: The following information is from the Mitchell campaign.

Donald "Gene" Mitchell is from Fitzgerald, GA. He attended Fitzgerald High School where Gene was a highly involved student.Mitchell participated in football, wrestling, and student government.

Gene Mitchell's campaign website

Following his graduation in 2004,Mitchell enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. His tour of service took Mitchell to over twenty countries across Africa, Asia, and South America.

He was honorably discharged from the military in 2011. While on reserve status,Mitchell began attending Mercer University where he graduated with his Bachelor's degree in Political Science.

As he finished his studies at Mercer,Mitchell looked to Fitzgerald to see what future lay there. He said hefound limited opportunities for a returning college graduate.

Mitchellsays he wants to help south Georgia Grow for the current and future citizens of District 7.