McKoon will run for secretary of state

[private]State Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus), who had been rumored as a potential candidate for attorney general, said he’s decided to run for secretary of state in 2018.

McKoon announced in January that he would not run for another legislative term after completing his fourth term in the Senate, but hinted he might run for statewide office.

He joins a crowded field in the Republican primary for the office that Brian Kemp is giving up to run for governor. State Reps. Buzz Brockway and Brad Raffensperger are already running, along with Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle.

McKoon is an attorney and the publisher of Muscogee-All on Georgia, an internet news site.

He was first elected to the Senate in 2010 and became an outspoken advocate of strengthening Georgia’s ethics and lobbyist disclosure laws, a move that helped result in the passage of a new state law.

In recent legislative sessions, McKoon has taken on the issue of religious liberty, although the one bill passed by the House and Senate was vetoed by Gov. Nathan Deal.

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