Mike Keown’s name is being floated as a contender to replace Senator John Bulloch, who announced his resignation from the Georgia Senate earlier today. The move took most (all?) by surprise, which puts those who would consider replacing him in need of the ability to assemble and execute a campaign quickly. Bulloch’s replacement will be elected on January 8th – and there are a few holidays between now and then that will likely have the focus of most voters as well as potential campaign volunteers.
Keown was the GOP nominee for Congress in 2010 against Sanford Bishop, coming within a hair’s breath of winning the seat. Those talking him up point out that he won over 60% of the vote against Bishop during that contest in the counties that cover Senate District 11.
With Southwest Georgia still fertile ground for Georgia Democrats, finding a candidate with a recent campaign organization and ability to generate votes for the GOP will be a priority. Keown’s name appears to be at the top of the GOP wish list for this seat.