Ehrhart is leaving, Barge tries to come back

[private]State Rep. Earl Ehrhart (R-Powder Springs) is leaving after 30 years in the Georgia House; John Barge is trying to come back and run for another term as state school superintendent.

Those were two of the early developments in qualifying week for the May 22 primaries, which began Monday morning and ends at 12 noon Friday.

Ehrhart, the longest-serving Republican in the House, announced Monday he would step down and give his wife, Ginny, a shot at running for the Cobb County seat.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve my neighbors in Cobb County and the people of Georgia for the last 30 years,” Ehrhart said. “I have always tried to do what I thought was best for my constituents by building a better economy, keeping us safe, improving public education, and promoting family values.”

Barge, the school superintendent from 2011-15, left the office after one term to make an unsuccessful run for governor.

He is now running for his old job in the Republican primary against incumbent Richard Woods, who succeeded him as superintendent.

Sid Chapman, president of the Georgia Association of Educators (GAE), is running as a Democrat for school superintendent.

Another former legislator, Donna Sheldon of Dacula, is trying for a comeback by running to replace retiring Rep. Joyce Chandler (R-Grayson).

Sheldon served 10 years in the House before running unsuccessfully for Congress in 2014.

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