We just got word that state Rep. Melvin Everson of Snellville, who in 2005 became the first black Republican since Reconstruction to be elected to the House, will run for state labor commissioner.
Given that the incumbent is Democrat Michael Thurmond, who is also African-American, Everson’s candidacy could make for some interesting dynamics.
When we last talked to him, Thurmond was mulling over whether to stay put or run for lieutenant governor, or governor. But don’t expect any news on that front until former Gov. Roy Barnes makes his decision about a comeback.
But if he runs for re-election, Thurmond can now expect enhanced opposition — given that House Republicans are likely to put their weight, and money, behind Everson, a former Snellville city councilman.
Over on the Democratic side of the ballot, Gary Horlacher, one-time spokesman for Barnes, announced his entry into the open race for secretary of state.
Horlacher promised to eliminate “the partisan shenanigans that have crept into this office,” which is now occupied by Karen Handel — who is running for governor.
Tondee’s Tavern says state Sen. Gail Buckner (D-Morrow) quietly announced her intentions to run for secretary of state a couple weeks ago, and that two other Democrats are interested: Darryl Hicks — who like Buckner ran for the same office in 2006 — and former DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones.
The GOP side of the race for secretary of state features Brian Kemp, a former state senator from Athens, and Doug MacGinnitie, a Sandy Springs city councilman.
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