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Eric Johnson Resigns Senate Seat; Governor Expected to Announce a Special Election

Category: Local Govts & Politics

Eric Johnson, Republican candidate for Governor, announced his resignation from the State Senate in order to focus on his gubernatorial campaign. Johnson, the former Senate President Pro Tem, cited consideration for the citizens of the 1st District and a growing momentum in his campaign as factors in his decision.

"Since being elected to the Georgia General Assembly, I always sought to put the interests of my constituents first. After thoughtful and prayerful consideration I have concluded that I could be an effective State Senator or an effective candidate for Governor, but not both," said Johnson. "The time commitment required by either of those roles would have made it hard to give them both the complete attention and maximum effort they deserve."

Resigning today ensures that there will be sufficient time for Governor Perdue and Secretary of State Handel to call a special election in conjunction with the municipal elections scheduled for November of this year, accordin g to his staff. This would prevent the counties of the 1st Senate District from incurring additional costs and ensure a new Senator is in place for the next session of the General Assembly.

"I am fully committed to becoming the Republican nominee for Governor and successfully representing our Party's conservative principles in the November 2010 General Election," Johnson continued. "I feel momentum building in our campaign that is too strong to ignore. The hard work we have put in over the past months is starting to pay off, and I want to continue growing our base of support throughout this state."

During his press conference at the State Capitol, Johnson also expressed a desire to spend the coming months listening to the concerns of Georgia voters. "I sense that there is too often a serious disconnect between government and the citizens. That disconnect is most apparent between average Georgians and the federal government. I wanted to be sure that I listen to the voices of mainstream Georgians while developing solutions to the challenges we face," said Johnson.

Eric Johnson was first elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1992 and to the State Senate in 1994. He served as the Minority Leader during the 4 years Roy Barnes was Governor and was elected President Pro Tempore by his colleagues in 2003. He most recently served as Chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee.

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