Political Notes — Smyre returns to the House

[private]Rep. Calvin Smyre (D-Columbus) is the longest serving member of the House of Representatives — 43 years and counting — but even he sometimes has to take a break, as he did for the first two weeks of the current session.

Smyre returned to House Monday morning after being treated for blood clots on both of his lungs.

“I had a shortness of breath as I was working here Thursday, prior to the session,” Smyre explained.  He went back to Columbus and was admitted to the emergency room of a hospital for treatment.

“Not to be here on the first day of the session was a very difficult moment for me, but it’s good to be back here today,” Smyre said. “It means a great deal to me to be part of this House of Representatives.”

Sheriff endorsements

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is claiming endorsements from 103 current or former sheriffs in his campaign for governor.

“Having such widespread support among this group of respected law enforcement leaders is extremely humbling,” said Cagle. “This is a group of selfless public servants, and we are all indebted to the services of the brave men and women who wear the badge and risk their lives for our safety. As governor, I will continue to back the badge at every turn.”

DuVal is running

J. Smythe DuVal of Cobb County announced he will run as Libertarian for Secretary of State.

“Our election system is broken,” DuVal said. “I will advocate for leading edge, common-sense, solutions that would transform our election system. As a Secretary of State who is independent of the major parties, I could offer fair, partisan-neutral solutions that would benefit all parties involved—especially the voters.”

He said he supports the replacement of the current Diebold touchscreen voting machines with machines that use optical-scan technology. He also called for election day registration of voters.

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