Muscogee County GOP chairman Seth Harp to seek state GOP chairmanship

Former state Sen. Seth Harp says he is jumping back into state politics.

The chairman of the Muscogee County Republican Party, Harp said Tuesday he will seek the chairmanship of the Georgia Republican Party at the state convention in the spring.

Harp, who served 10 years in the senate, has been out of state politics since 2010, when he ran unsuccessfully for insurance commissioner.Since then, Harp, who turns 70 next week, has been practicing law in Columbus.

Harp said he was asked by a Republican legislator from Sandy Springs to run for the nonpaying post.

“A friend of mine in the General Assembly, Rep. Wendell Willard, called and asked if I would help him with a project,” Harp said. “I said yes before I knew what I was getting into.”

Harp said he will step aside as the county party leader next month. Harp’s decision caught some of the local Republicans off guard.

“We are a little surprised because we thought he was retiring,” said Joseph Brannan, secretary of the Muscogee County chapter and chairman of the state’s Second District Republicans. “But we are excited to have someone from Columbus running.”

Columbus has never had a chairman of the state Republican Party.