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State Senator Josh McKoon (R- Columbus), who has made his mark on the Georgia political world through a push for religious liberty laws, announced on Monday that he would not seek re-election in 2018.
In a statement, Senator McKoon said that his early announcement is meant to give others ample time to establish a campaign ahead of the next election.
“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.
The Columbus Senator said that the decision was partially reached out of a belief in term limits, but also pointed to the “cost” of waging difficult battles.
“As someone that came here to fight for the citizens I represent, not special interests, I have accumulated many enemies,” he said. As Winston Churchill once said, ‘You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.’”
There has long been speculation that McKoon will seek the office of State Attorney General, though he said that nothing has been determined yet. Though, he isn’t closing the door on another run for office.
“Jacqueline and I will be prayerfully considering how best to continue to serve others. Whether that means a future in politics or some other path remains to be seen,” he wrote. “What is clear is the amazing work that has been done here at the Capitol by grassroots advocates and citizens who want to change their government for the better.”
McKoon represents Georgia’s 29th senate district.
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