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Your morning jolt: A 50-something businessman retires, just as the governor’s race begins

For months, Republicans have buzzed about yet another contender in the race for governor, a fresh face backed by the state’s business community.

You have to wonder if they’ve been talking about Tom Bell, the 59-year-old CEO of Cousins Properties who retires at the end of the month.

The business pages contain two references this morning. This by my AJC colleagues Michelle Shaw and Gertha Coffee:

[Sam]Massell and others suggested Bell might aspire to a political office such as Atlanta mayor or governor. Bell gave no indication of plans in that direction. He also said he won’t stay at Cousins in any capacity after retiring.

“I just don’t believe in it. I’ve been there and done that. I’ve been the COO who became the CEO, while the old CEO is on the board and chairman or something, and it’s just uncomfortable,” he said.

Today’s Atlanta Business Chronicle has this about Bell:

But, he also said he has been approached by several people about pursuing the …

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