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Thursday, December 31, 2009

AJC: Perdue picks Jim Cole as next secretary of state

click to enlarge 'I look forward to regulating podiatrists and handing out stickers at polling places'
  • 'I look forward to regulating podiatrists and handing out stickers at polling places'

Gov. Sonny Perdue has picked state Rep. Jim Cole, R-Forsyth, to replace Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, the AJC's James Salzer reports.

Handel announced last week that she'd resign to focus on her gubernatorial campaign.

Via Gold Dome Live:

Republican  Rep. Jim Cole, a three-term lawmaker from Forsyth in Middle Georgia,  has been picked by Gov. Sonny Perdue to be the next Secretary of State. [...]

Cole, 38, will serve out of the final year of Handel’s term. He will also run in 2010 for a full, four-year term.

Cole has been on Perdue’s House team for three years, carrying and pushing the governor’s legislation.

UPDATE: Says here that, sorry, ladies, Cole's taken. He's a former businessman who now serves as the assistant athletic director at Mercer University.

(Courtesy House Communications)

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