January 25, 2016 11:36 AM
Former State Representative Jeff Brown had formed an exploratory committee to consider a run in Georgia’s 3rd Congressional District to succeed Congressman Lynn Westmoreland a few weeks ago, but he has decided not to run for the seat:
After much deliberation and input by many, former State Representative Jeff Brown has decided that he will not seek the seat being vacated by Congressman Lynn Westmoreland. The estimated $400,000 needed to get sufficient name recognition by the May 24, 2016 primary, the likelihood of a primary runoff and possibly a general election and not being led to do this are several of many factors for his decision. Brown indicated that he will use his next opinion column to detail his reasoning.
So far, Senator Mike Crane is in; former State Representative Tim Bearden was quietly kicking the tires on a race, but that has grown quiet as of late; Majority Whip Matt Ramsey is out; and now former Representative Jeff Brown is out. Fayette County businessman Jim Pace who is considering the bid and, from what we’re hearing from the rumor mill, may make an announcement sometime this week.
The field will become more solid as we get closer to qualifying, so expect more definite answers to come.