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Perdue endorses Douglas

CONYERS - Sen. John Douglas announced Wednesday he had secured the endorsement of Gov. Sonny Perdue and other prominent Republican officials in his reelection bid this year.

The Douglas campaign made the announcement in a press release that also listed Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Congressman Lynn Westmoreland and former congressman Mac Collins as pledging their support for Douglas.

Douglas, R-Social Circle, is seeking a third term representing the Georgia Senate's 17th District and is running against former state Sen. Mike Crotts in Tuesday's Republican primary election.

Crotts represented the 17th District for 12 years, but left to make an unsuccessful run for Congress in 2004.

Perdue is quoted in the release saying that Crotts served as "an effective voice for his constituents."

However, Perdue continued to say that Douglas "has earned the opportunity to continue his tenure as the senator for the 17th District."

Bert Brantley, a spokesman for the governor's office, confirmed Perdue's endorsement of Douglas. He said Perdue, who is not seeking reelection, only gets involved with a few races by making an endorsement. He has also endorsed H. Doug Everett for reelection to the 1st District seat on the Georgia Public Service Commission.

Westmoreland, a Republican from Sharpsburg, defeated Crotts in the Republican primary in 2004 to succeed Collins, who in turn left his U.S. House of Representatives seat for an unsuccessful campaign for the U.S. Senate.

The winner of Tuesday's Republican primary will face Democrat candidate Rudy Cox, an educator from McDonough.

Jay Jones can be reached at jay.jones@rockdalecitizen.com.