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Retired Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office major and Georgia Fraternal Order of Police President Randy Robertson filed his intent to run for the seat that State Sen. Josh McKoon currently holds.
Running as Republican, Robertson touted his law enforcement background.
“There is no one in the House or the Senate that has the law enforcement background that I would bring to this job,” Robertson told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. “The Legislature often deals with issues such as criminal justice reform and I would bring subject-matter expertise to those discussions.”
Robertson kicked up dust in 2016’s race to replace Lynn Westmoreland when he made it his personal mission to prevent former State Senator Mike Crane from achieving victory. At the time, he used his platform with the Fraternal Order of Police to attack Crane over statements that he said were “anti-police”.
According to the Ledger-Enquirer, LaGrange Mayor Jim Thorton has also expressed interest in running for the seat, as have Columbus attorneys Mark Post and Ted Morgan.
McKoon announced in January that he would not seek re-election in 2018.
“We need to make sure our district continues to be represented by a well-qualified person who continues the tradition of being a strong, independent conservative voice and giving this notice helps ensure that,” Sen. McKoon said in a statement.
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