Harris County Commissioner Joey Loudermilk has decided not to seek the Georgia Senate District 29 seat being vacated by Columbus attorney Seth Harp, who’s running for state insurance commissioner.
Loudermilk had been considering a run for the Senate seat since last summer.
“I came really close,” Loudermilk said Friday. But for two reasons he decided against the Senate run, he said: He would have to give up his Harris commission seat just two years into a four-year term; and the youngest of his six children is a high school sophomore in high school. The father said he doesn’t want to be occupied at the capitol in Atlanta during the child’s high school years.
Currently the only candidate is Josh McKoon, a local attorney and former Muscogee County Republican Party chairman. McKoon said Loudermilk called him Friday to let him know.
“I was very appreciative of his calling to let me know of his decision,” McKoon said. “As far as our campaign goes, I’m going to continue to work hard and try to earn the votes and support of everybody in District 29.”
Loudermilk, a Columbus native and general counsel for Aflac Inc., said he has not ruled out a run for the state Senate in 2012.
“I’m keeping all options open,” he said.