Senate Majority Leader Ronnie Chance announced this morning that he will not seek re-election. He told his colleagues from the well of the Senate of his intentions.
Chance was first elected to the Senate in 2004 in an open seat created by a Republican led redistricting effort. He was elected to the position of Majority Leader after the 2012 elections. The two years under his leadership have resulted in “relative calm” among the Senate caucus, in stark contrast to the tenure of his predecessor which was marked by constant feuding with the Lieutenant Governor. His exit will immediately begin speculation about his successor for the leadership post. The behind the scenes maneuvering has likely begun.
Chance’s district includes most of Fayette County, as well as Spalding, Pike, and Lamar counties. Chance’s announcement gives those wishing to succeed him plenty of time to decide on a candidacy before qualifying begins in March.
On a personal note, our readers may be aware that I haven’t written much about Chance since his election to the Senate. We both graduated from Fayette County High School one year apart, and we worked on many campaigns together in the late 90’s. I’ve managed to keep “Icarus” far enough away from him to not entangle him in the goings on here over the years, but have enjoyed being able to observe his elected career from this seat. He’s managed to carry himself throughout this portion of his career as I would have expected him to, and frankly, I’m proud of what he’s done.
Today is his day. I’ll manage to keep my own speculation of who will likely enter the race for this seat and for Majority Leader at another time.