Josh McKoon has spent most of his adult life working in statewide political campaigns in Georgia and now the lame duck state senator is planning to jump into a race of his own.
The Columbus Republican intends to qualify as a candidate for Secretary of State on Thursday. McKoon, 38, has represented Senate District 29 since 2010. He has been assessing his political future since the end of January when he suddenly announced he would not be seeking a fifth term next year.
This is not the first time McKoon has toyed with this post, which has historically been seen as a steppingstone for higher office. He considered running for Secretary of State even before his first senatorial campaign.
The post will be wide open in 2018. Republican Brian Kemp of Athens is vacating the seat after seven years and has announced he is candidate for governor.
McKoon, a Columbus attorney, is also the Publisher and CEO of Muscogee-All on Georgia. He has been active in party politics since he was a student at Brookstone School in Columbus. As an active member of the State Young Republicans, he volunteered on a number of statewide races.
He serves on the board of directors for the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley, the Muscogee County Juvenile Drug Court, Big Brothers Big Sisters Association of Greater Columbus and the Urban League of Greater Columbus. He is also a member of the Rotary Club of Columbus, the State Bar of Georgia, the Alabama State Bar and the Knights of Columbus.
He is a graduate of Furman University and the University of Alabama School of Law. He his wife Jacqueline attend St. Anne’s Church in Columbus.
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