Seth Harp retains Georgia General Assembly office

Republican State Sen. Seth Harp appears to have won re-election to the Georgia General Assembly.

With 92 percent of the precincts, Harp had 63 percent of the vote to 37 percent for challenger Evelyn Anderson. Harp had 28,203 votes to 16,528 for Anderson.

"We're real proud of what we have done," Harp said Tuesday night. "We ran a campaign that was positive and upbeat. We have a record, and we are proud of that record."

Georgia Senate District 29 includes all of Harris and Meriwether counties as well as a significant portion of Muscogee and Troup counties. The part of Muscogee in the district is mostly north Columbus. Harp lives in Midland, Ga.

Harp campaigned on his experience, which includes four terms in the state Senate. Harp said his tenure in the General Assembly has been productive.

"It is hard to say I have accomplished X, Y or Z," he said before the election. "Up here, it's a team effort. But as a part of that team effort, we have gotten a new campus for West Georgia Technical College in LaGrange, a new health sciences building for Columbus Tech, several new structures at Columbus State, $5 million toward the National Infantry Museum, helped to land Kia and helped get federal funds because of BRAC for educating the work force."

Anderson said the senator had not done enough to help those who are struggling, especially older Georgians.

Harp, a Republican who chairs the Senate Higher Education Committee, drew strong financial support from a combination of Columbus business interests and political action committees. He raised more than $97,000 for the campaign, according to the Oct. 25 campaign disclosure report. He spent more than $70,000 on his campaign.

"I got a lot of compliments on my radio ad," Harp said. "Basically, what I said was we have made progress, but we have to continue to work. We are having a hard time with the state budget, just like people are having a hard time with their budget at home. We are going to sit around and figure out what the priorities are."

Harp is a Columbus attorney. His practice involves mainly family law.

Anderson is a registered nurse who owns a home health care company. She lives in the Meriwether County community of Luthersville on a 125-acre farm that her father owned. She also has homes in Atlanta and Florida.