Former state Representative Mike Keown, who came within 3 percentage points of upsetting Congressman Sanford Bishop in 2010, has announced that he will seek to replace John Bulloch in Senate District 11.

Bulloch, who was freshly re-elected in November, announced on Thursday that he was resigning. He was the chief sponsor of the Sunday sales bill, which passed in numerous Georgia counties throughout this year.

“John is a good friend and to be running for the seat that was held by him is an honor. My priority will be to maintain the commitment he had to serve the people of South Georgia and to always do what was right. The six years I spent in the Georgia House have provided me with the knowledge and relationships to continue the tradition of effective representation from day one,” stated Kewon via press release.

The rural, southwest Georgia district is comprised of 8 counties, 7 of which inhabited the second congressional district when Keown sought the seat in 2010. His press release notes that he carried them with 62 percent of the vote.

-Brandon Howell