Vernon Jones (D) has filed paperwork for 2008 to challenge Saxby Chambliss:
Although DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones quietly filed his paperwork to run for U.S. Senate this week, he was more direct Thursday when he walked into Saxby Chambliss’ Washington office and told the incumbent Republican senator that he has competition.
Jones, a former Democratic state representative now in his second term as DeKalb CEO, has been reluctant to publicly declare his candidacy. But on Monday, without fanfare, he notified the Federal Elections Commission that he is entering the 2008 Senate race as a Democrat.
Ann Kimbrough, chief of staff to Jones, said her boss visited with Chambliss, Georgia’s senior senator, as well as Rep. Hank Johnson, a Democrat who represents most of DeKalb, to inform them of his candidacy. Jones himself could not be reached for comment.
Chambliss’ office confirmed that the two men met Thursday afternoon to talk about transportation issues. But there was no immediate comment on what Jones said about the campaign.
Vernon Jones has no chance in this race. I still believe that Jim Marshall is the only shot they have at beating Chambliss and even then it’ll be an uphill battle.