As we reported yesterday, Steve Voshell, an insurance agent and founder of the Forsyth County Tea Party, had announced but yet to officially qualify to run in Georgia state Senate District 27.

District 27 is the stomping ground for Banking and Financial Institutions Committee Chairman Jack Murphy, and now Voshell has made it official by qualifying to appear on the July 31st primary ballot.

Meanwhile, in rural state House District 149, incumbent (and former floor leader for Governor Sonny Perdue) Rep. Jimmy Pruett will square off against John Clements. Both men are from Eastman.

While several incumbent Democrats are facing primary opposition, one that may prove to be particularly notable has developed in District 118. Incumbent Rep. Keith Heard of Athens was outraised by challenger Specener Frye in the last quarter, and has faced a significant amount of progressive backlash after siding with Republican state Rep. Doug McKillip on redistricting the Athens Clarke County Commission.

–Brandon Howell