Columbus attorney Ron Mullins is giving up on a Georgia Senate seat and instead going for a bench in Muscogee Superior Court.
His departure from the Georgia Senate District 29 race leaves local attorney Josh McKoon as the sole remaining candidate, so far.
Mullins, 58, said he twice has tried for a Superior Court seat and each time made the “short list” of nominees a judicial qualifying commission sends the governor to appoint. The resignation last week of Superior Court Judge Robert Johnston just reopened that process, so Mullins is leaving the Senate race to try for it.
His Senate campaign so far has raised more than $100,000, which will be returned to the donars, said Mullins, who was calling “hundreds and hundreds” of supporters Saturday to tell them his new plans.
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Neither he nor McKoon said he had heard anyone else was interested in running. McKoon said qualifying for the office will be April 26-30.
The district’s now represented by Columbus attorney Seth Harp, who’s running for state insurance commissioner.
McKoon said the district includes all of Harris and Meriwether counties and more than half of Troup County, including part of LaGrange. It encompasses north Muscogee County from the Harris County line down to around the J.R, Allen Parkway, dipping as far south as I-185 at Macon Road on one edge, he said.