Politics & Government

Seth Harp to run for state office in 2010

ATLANTA — Columbus state Sen. Seth Harp said Friday he will run for statewide office in 2010.

But he won’t say which one.

Friday during the final day of the General Assembly session, the Republican confirmed he was planning a statewide campaign.

Harp had been considering a run for insurance commissioner, which is being vacated by John Oxendine’s bid for governor. This week attorney general Thurbert Baker said he, too, will run for governor.

“It will be attorney general or insurance commissioner,” Harp said.

The Columbus family practice attorney said he will make a decision after he gets home and considers his options. It will likely come in the next 10 days, Harp said.

He would not say toward which position he is leaning. He said he will talk to people in Columbus who have been urging him to run for insurance commissioner before making a decision.

“I am going to talk to my friends who brought me to this party,” Harp said.

Asked who those friends were, Harp smiled.

“The folks at Aflac, the leadership in Columbus and the Columbus Chamber of Commerce,” he answered.

Harp would run in the summer Republican primary. If he won the nomination, he would be on the November ballot.

Harp was elected to the Senate in 2000 and represents a district that includes parts of Muscogee and Troup counties and all of Harris and Meriweather counties. He serves as chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee.

If he runs for statewide office, Harp could serve in the Senate next year, but the District 29 seat would be open in the 2010 election.

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