We received this from the tip line:
A flurry of recent announcements from a number of Habersham County politicians has shaken up the local political scene.
Mixed in all of this was the quiet announcement this week from State Rep. Ben Bridges of Cleveland that he would not seek re-election this summer.
Bridges was first elected in 1996 to represent Habersham and White counties and was re-elected for five additional terms. In all, Bridges has served hearly 12 years. His current term ends Dec. 31, 2008.
Habersham County Commissioner Rick Austin announced last week that he would run for the State House of Representatives in District 10, currently held by Bridges.
[UPDATE] You can view the campaign announcement here.