Political Notes — McKoon tells colleagues he won’t run for reelection

[private]State Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus) announced Monday during a brief speech to his fellow senators that he won’t run in 2018 for another term in the Legislature.

The announcement itself was not a surprise — McKoon has long been rumored as a possible candidate for attorney general in 2018. The timing was a bit of surprise, however, because he’s barely one month into his new term.

“An early announcement gives time to potential candidates to weigh their decision and make the necessary preparation to mount a campaign,” McKoon said. “Also, I want to be honest with the voters as I always have. . . . By announcing now, I avoid even the appearance of attempting to time this announcement to advantage any particular potential candidate.”

As for what his own future holds, he said, “Jacqueline and I will be prayerfully considering how best to continue to serve others. Whether that means a future in politics or some other path remains to be seen.”

McKoon, who just started his fourth term in the Senate, has been at odds with the leadership of both the Senate and the House because of his calls for ethics reforms and limitations on what lobbyists can spend to entertain legislators. He has openly feuded with the aides to House Speaker David Ralston.

The Senate leadership earlier this month took away McKoon’s committee chairmanship by combining his judiciary committee with another judiciary committee chaired by Rep. Jesse Stone (R-Waynesboro).

Another 6th Congressional District candidate

Roswell business owner Kurt Wilson is the latest candidate to join the growing field for the expected special election in the 6th Congressional District. Wilson indicated it would be his first run for elective office.

“Whether you were for or against President Trump, whether you are a Democrat, a Republican, a Libertarian or an Independent, it is important to recognize and celebrate that President Trump’s campaign proved the out-of-control political machine in Washington, DC is in fact vulnerable,” Wilson said.

Diana Food locates Banks County

Diana Food, a company that provides natural ingredients to the food and beverage industry, will spend $50 million on a food processing, manufacturing, and research-development facility in Banks County.

The 90,000-square-foot facility will be located in the Banks Crossing Business Park on a tract of nearly 40 acres. The facility will be predominantly involved in meat processing.

“Setting up a new facility in the US is a key milestone in our company development allowing us to stay always closer to our customers, access to a high quality of local and sustainable sourcing while committing in a long term perspective to the regional economy,” said Yannick Riou, president of Diana Food.

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