State Rep. Sean Jerguson is running for the Senate seat recently vacated by Chip Rogers.
Jerguson, R-Holly Springs, announced to the Ledger-News just after noon today.
“I met with the governor’s staff this morning,” Jerguson said.
Jerguson must resign his seat as the State House representative for District 21, but wants to ensure the timing is right, so Gov. Nathan Deal can call for a special election for both the House District 21 and State Senate District 21 seats, so it will not cost the taxpayers more money.
The Ledger-News has inquired with the Georgia Secretary of State about the cost of a special election but has not received a response back.
According to Georgia law, the governor must call for the election within 10 days of the vacancy, and the special election must be held no sooner than 30 days and no later than 60 days.
It’s likely the election will be held Jan. 8, to ensure there is a senator for the District 21 seat by the start of the 2012-13 Georgia General Assembly session on Jan. 14.
Rumors have been circulating that Rep. Calvin Hill, R-Hickory Flat, would run for the senate seat, which Jerguson said is not going to happen.
“Calvin is not running for this seat and has given me his endorsement,” Jerguson said.
Hill told the Ledger-News that it wasn’t the right time for him.
“It just wasn't the right decision for me or us at this time in life,” Hill said. “Sean has the ability to be a leader, he’s fully knowledgeable of procedures what it takes to represent the county …”
The Ledger-News has spoken with other potential candidates since yesterday and indications show former District 21 candidate Brandon Beach will run. The Ledger-News is awaiting final confirmation from Beach.
Scot Turner confirmed this after noon that he would seek Jerguson's House seat. He challenged Jerguson in the July primary. His said he would be issuing a statement later.