Former state senator Brian Kemp, a Republican from Athens, just announced that he’s filed the paperwork for the 2010 campaign to replace Karen Handel as secretary of state.
These occasions are often used to trot out early support and — the candidate hopes — make rivals think twice about jumping into the race.
Kemp, who made an unsuccessful bid for agriculture commission in 2006, announced that his campaign co-chairmen will be Craig Lesser, the former commissioner of the state Department, and Wesley Langdale, a board member for the Georgia Forestry Commission and president of the Langdale Company.
Kemp’s campaign treasurer will be Harold Reynolds, CEO and chairman of BankSouth, president of the Reynolds Development Co., and past president of Reynolds Plantation. In Georgia and national politics, the Reynolds family is one of the GOP’s deepest pockets.
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