Longtime judge and current state Senator John Crosby announced he wouldn’t seek re-election in 2014, opening up a vast and largely rural South Georgia district in the coming cycle.
“It’s been an honor to serve the people of the 13th District for the past five years,” he said in a statement to The Albany Herald. “I’ve made new friends, and I hope I have made a difference in people’s lives.” Crosby went on to cite four grandchildren and the desire “to be a grandpa for a while” as well as the recent passing of his daughter as cause for retirement.
Georgia’s 13th district includes portions of Tift and Sumter counties, as well as the entirety of Dodge, Lee, Worth, Turner, Dooly, Crisp, and Wilcox. Crosby, first elected in 2008, also represented Ben Hill and Irwin during his tenure.
The heavily Republican district will now face an open primary, with former state Rep. Tony McBrayer of Tifton having already been mentioned as having eyes on the office.
Update: Worth County Solicitor General Bryce Johnson, a known figure in the area’s Republican circles, is set to become the first candidate to formally launch a bid for the seat, with an announcement slated for 3 p.m. today at the Tift County Courthouse.