Smith qualified to run for attorney general Tuesday, after a surprise announcement.
By Tuesday evening, Loudermilk was the only candidate to qualify for Smith’s District 52 Senate seat, and no one had come forward to qualify for Loudermilk’s District 14 House post, which includes eastern Floyd County and western Bartow County.
Senate District 52 includes all of Floyd County and portions of Bartow and Gordon counties.
Qualifying continues until noon Friday.
“After much prayerful consideration with my family, I have decided to run for the State Senate. Since being elected to the Georgia House I have continually stood firm to preserve the conservative values that the people of Northwest Georgia share,” Loudermilk said in a press release.
The six-year representative said many people in the counties covered by the Senate seat have encouraged him to run for the Senate, and he could “continue to advocate the conservative principles we share.”
Two area incumbents in the state House of Representatives also qualified for re-election on Tuesday morning.
State Rep. Barbara Massey Reece, D-Menlo, qualified for re-election to the District 11 House seat. District 11 district covers western Floyd County and all of Chattooga County.
State Rep. Rick Crawford, D-Cedartown, qualified for re-election to the District 16 House seat. The district covers all of Polk County and southern Floyd County, including the city of Cave Spring.
Party nominees will be chosen in the July 20 primary to appear on the Nov. 2 general election ballot.
Loudermilk released the following statement
“After much prayerful consideration with my family, I have decided to run for the State Senate. Since being elected to the Georgia House I have continually stood firm to preserve the conservative values that the people of Northwest Georgia share. As your Senator, representing Floyd, Bartow and Gordon counties, I will continue my unwavering commitment to promote and preserve the values of faith, family, and freedom,” stated Loudermilk.
Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers stated,” Barry’s successes were many in the House and we would welcome his hard work and conservative track record to carry on in the Senate.”
Rep. Loudermilk, recognized as one of the top conservative leaders at the state capitol, was named as one of the 50 most influential Georgians by James Magazine in 2008. Through his tenure in the House, Loudermilk has continually promoted key conservative principles of less government, lower taxes, and personal responsibility. Throughout his six years in the State House, he has successfully passed legislation to protect private property, preserve individual liberty, protect privacy rights, ensure government accountability and reduce the tax burden on Georgians.
Rep. Loudermilk’s accomplishments include:
* Legislation repealing a law that infringed upon personal rights by requiring fingerprints before receiving a state driver’s license.
* A law that protects children and insures the rights of parents during custodial issues involving the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS).
* Legislation that ensures due process rights by severely restricting the use of red light cameras by municipalities.
* Co-founded with former Rep. Tom Graves the 216 policy group, a legislative study committee dedicated to promoting conservative principles in government.
* Co-founded the conservative Georgia Republican Study Committee.
“I am humbled by the many people in Bartow, Floyd and Gordon Counties that have encouraged me to run for the Senate. I pledge to continue to advocate for the conservative principles we share.”
During his tenure in the State House, Rep. Loudermilk has served as Chairman of the House Aviation Sub-committee, Secretary of the House Transportation Committee, Secretary of and Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications Committee and member of the Science & Technology, and the Small Business Development Committees. He received numerous awards for his work as a public servant.
Rep. Loudermilk is a native Georgian, veteran of the United States Air Force and an active search and rescue volunteer with the Civil Air Patrol. Barry is a small business owner in the information technology and aviation industries, with business locations in Bartow and Floyd Counties. Barry and his wife of 27 years, Desiree, have three adult children and reside in Cassville. Georgia.