Loudermilk, who represents portions of Cherokee County in the state Senate after redistricting in 2012, said Tuesday afternoon that the decision to resign was “tough” but was “the right thing to do.”
“I’ve got to put everything I have in this race,” Loudermilk said. “It definitely wouldn’t be fair for me to go down to the Capitol and be campaigning on the taxpayer dollar.”
Loudermilk is one of six candidates running for the 11th District seat in Congress to replace U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta), who is running for the U.S. Senate. Georgia’s 11th District covers all of Cherokee County, in addition to all of Bartow and parts of Cobb and Fulton counties.
Other candidates include Larry Mrozinski, a retired U.S. Army colonel who lives in Woodstock, former Republican Congressman Bob Barr of Smyrna, Georgia House Majority Whip Ed Lindsey (R-Buckhead), Cobb’s Tricia Pridemore and Allan Levene.
As a result of Loudermilk’s resignation, a special election will likely be held in November to fill his seat in the Senate, said Janet Munda, Cherokee County Supervisor of Elections and Registration.
Loudermilk said he chose to resign at this time so adequate time could be given for this special election.
Munda said Tuesday afternoon that the she didn’t believe the state had received formal notice of Loudermilk’s resignation, but “unless something unusual happens,” the election should be held Nov. 5 in conjunction with city elections around Cherokee.
The process will, however, cost the taxpayers, she said.
“The Nov. 5 election is just municipalities,” Munda said. “Now, we have a county election.”
Munda said 18 total voting precincts will have to be open for the election, instead of the six which were likely to be open for city elections in the county. The cost to add the state Senate election would be between $15,000 and $20,000, she said.
Loudermilk said he is already hearing buzz among local political leaders of who could be put in the race to take his seat in the state Senate, which covers large portions of Cherokee and Bartow counties and a small piece of Cobb.
“I’m sure there’s not going to be a lack of candidates,” Loudermilk said. “Especially for this district, we need a solid constitutional conservative.”
Meanwhile, Loudermilk said his campaign for Congress is going well and was set to open its new headquarters on Highway 92 in Woodstock today.
“We’re picking up more supporters every day,” he said. “People are really getting exited. They’re seeing the way we can take this nation back.”