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Former State Rep. Mike Glanton formally announced his candidacy for the State House District 75 seat on Monday, during the opening of his campaign headquarters in Jonesboro.
Former State Rep. Mike Glanton, in a move that was more of a formality, announced on Monday that he plans to qualify later this year for a return trip to the Georgia House of Representatives.
The announcement was expected, since Glanton, who said he will seek the House District 75 seat, already announced the opening of a campaign headquarters. He previously represented House District 76 for four years, until 2010.
Recent legislative redistricting, however, resulted in him now residing in District 75, which includes much of the City of Jonesboro.
He made his announcement at an open house for his campaign headquarters, in downtown Jonesboro.
“This is the official kick-off of my campaign,” he said. He later added, “The way they [state legislators] drew me into more of a Jonesboro area made me decide to run. I’ve always had a lot of support here, and I think I was fairly successful [previously in the legislature].”
The open house was attended by several former and current local elected officials, including Jonesboro Mayor Joy Day, Jonesboro City Councilwoman Pat Sebo, Clayton County Board of Education Member Mary Baker and former state Sen. Gail Buckner.
Glanton previously ran for the Senate District 44 seat in 2010, but lost to Sen. Gail Davenport (D-Jonesboro) in the primary election. House District 75 is currently represented by Rep. Yasmin Neal.