I met Jerry Shearin at a Starbucks in west Cobb County this morning.
Shearin is the former chairman of the Paulding County Commission. He’s considering a Republican challenge next year against U.S. Rep. Tom Graves of Ranger, who has found himself in a vastly redrawn district – now called the 14th.
Graves, a tea party favorite who ran five races last year to secure his seat in Congress, finds himself a stranger (at least on the ballot) to 52 percent of his new district.
Among Graves’ new counties, Paulding will provide 25 percent of the vote in a GOP primary. Floyd would add another 13 percent. That’s a tempting start for anyone on the southern end of that district.
Shearin, a businessman, said he’s still weighing his options. “I’m talking to all the people I need to talk to right now,” he said.
But he added this thought. “It is my dream job,” Shearin said.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider