Josh McKoon got a key endorsement in his bid to win a seat in the Georgia General Assembly.
On the day he officially announced his candidacy as a Republican for Senate District 29, McKoon got the support of the man he’s hoping to replace.
Sen. Seth Harp, R-Columbus, introduced McKoon at his announcement in the Columbus Government Center.
“I am honored to introduce Josh and I am proud to support him,” said Harp, who is vacating the office he has held since 2002 for a statewide run for Insurance Commissioner.
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“I like his intellect, his youth,” Harp said after the announcement. “He has the ability to formulate decisions with intelligence. He knows the law well enough and he has a good head on his shoulders.”
McKoon, 30, is a local attorney who practices in Columbus and Phenix City.
He also announced a steering committee that includes many prominent local names. Columbus Insurance executive Sam Rawls will be the campaign chairman. The committee released by McKoon includes: CB&T President Steve Melton, Synovus Chairman Richard Anthony, businessman John Pezold, attorney and former Muscogee County School Board member Fife Whiteside, businessman Abbott Turner, attorney Charlie Day, attorney Neal Callahan, Harris County Commissioner Patrick Whearley, Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley, Republican Party activist Beth Harris and retired Aflac executive George Jeter.
“We have had a lot of people lend their financial support and good name to this campaign,” McKoon said. “I am overwhelmed by their support.”Rawls said McKoon has a “passion” for politics.
“Since his days at Brookstone, he has always been committed to this community,” Rawls said.
Qualifying for the party primaries will be held in April. The 2010 primary election is July 20. The General Election is Nov. 2.