Former State Rep. Mike Glanton is preparing to pursue a seat in the state legislative chamber he left two years ago for an unsuccessful bid for another office in state government.
Glanton, who represented northeast Clayton County in the State House of Representatives, from 2006 to 2010, is preparing to host a meet-and-greet event on Monday, from noon, to 6 p.m., at his campaign headquarters, located at 106 North McDonough St., in Jonesboro.
“We actually plan to participate in the [Clayton County Martin Luther King, Jr.] parade, and my office is right on the parade route, so I’ll walk in the parade and some of my campaign staff will be in the office to greet people, until I can get there,” Glanton said.
Glanton previously represented District 76, which included Rex and Ellenwood, during his last stint in the General Assembly. Recent redistricting of state legislative seats pushed his old district eastward, so only half of it is still in Clayton County, however. The other half is now in Henry County.
Glanton said that means he will now have to run for the District 75 seat, which is more centrally located in the county, and includes much of the City of Jonesboro. The District 75 seat is currently held by State Rep. Yasmin Neal (D-Jonesboro).
Glanton is also expected to officially announce his candidacy for the seat during the meet-and-greet, although it will be more of a formality, since he has already announced the opening of a campaign office.
The former legislator left the State House two years ago to run for an open seat in the State Senate, but was defeated by State Sen. Gail Davenport (D-Jonesboro).