The same sources that informed me about Hawkins also let me know that former Senate Majority Leader Bill Stephens also is considering the seat being vacated by Nathan Deal.
Stephens confirmed it to me by phone and expects to make an announcement probably next week, but no date has been set as yet.
“This is Nathan Deals’ week,” Stephens said.
During his tenure in the Senate, Stephens represented all or part of 18 north Georgia counties as redistricting switched his district around including 7 out of the 15 counties that make up the 9th. He is a 6th generation Fannin Countian and lived in Hall County for 10 years.