Political Notes — Maxwell won’t run for reelection to House seat

[private]Rep. Howard Maxwell (R-Dallas) announced Thursday he will not run for another term in the Georgia House, where he is in his 16th year as a lawmaker.

“I’ve been blessed to serve my neighbors, my community and this state as a member of the House,” Maxwell said. “It has been the honor of a lifetime, and I am tremendously grateful to the residents of Paulding County who trusted me to represent them.”

“While I’m sad to see him leave the General Assembly, he has certainly earned the pleasure of spending more time with his friends and family,” said Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge). “He is a trusted member of our House leadership team, and he will leave some big shoes to fill.”

Maxwell, a Paulding County insurance agent before he retired recently, said he will serve out his current term, but won’t run for reelection.  He currently is chairman of the House Regulated Industries Committee and previously chaired the Retirement Committee and the Information and Audits Committee.

Before he was first elected to the House in 2002, Maxwell was the chairman of the Paulding County School Board for five years. He served 10 years on the Georgia School Board Workers’ Compensation Fund, including five years as chairman.

 Hate crimes bill

Rep. Meagan Hanson (R-Brookhaven) said Wednesday she will introduce a hate crimes law that will provide stiffer penalties for those whose crime victims are targeted because of race or sexual orientation.

“Those who hate cannot terrorize and intimidate to make their point,” she said at a capitol news conference.

The last time the General Assembly passed a hate crimes bill was in 2000, but the law was later ruled unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court.

Columbus judge shortlist

The Judicial Nominating Commission has developed a list of four candidates for a vacant Superior Court judgeship in Columbus:  State Court Judge Ben Richardson, Juvenile Court Judge Joey Loudermilk, District Attorney Julia Slater, and Ben Land, the brother of U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land.

One of them will be selected by Gov. Nathan Deal to replace retired Judge Frank Jordan.

Dickson surfaces

Former legislator Tom Dickson, who lost his reelection bid to the House in 2016, has surfaced as the new mayor of the Whitfield County town of Varnell.

Dickson and his city council colleagues were sworn into office Tuesday night.

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