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Sen. Isakson Announces Re-Election Bid

Sen. Johnny Isakson
Sen. Johnny Isakson
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It’s official, Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia) announced he will seek a third term in the U.S. Senate.

Sen. Isakson stood near his wife, Gov. Nathan Deal and a large number of state lawmakers as he pledged to run again for the U.S. Senate.

“I want to try and continue to do what I’ve done for 16 years in Washington, and that’s bring Georgia values and Georgia conservatism to the Capitol of United States of America in Washington,” said Isakson.

The announcement inside Georgia’s Capitol comes just after the recent election cycle. Isakson gave this explanation for unveiling his bid so far in advance of the 2016 contest.

“I owe it the voters of Georgia and the other elected officials to let them know what my intentions are as early as possible. I did not want to become a lame duck Senator in the United States Senate for two years. I want to work everyday shoulder-to-shoulder with this governor and this legislature for this state to move Georgia forward.”

So far, the 69-year-old Senator has no Republican or Democratic challengers. But there has been speculation that former Congressmen Paul Broun is considering a run. It was also rumored former Florida Congressman Allen West might get into the contest, but West is relocating to Dallas to head a think tank.

Sen. Isakson says if re-elected, he will work to reduce the federal deficit and boost federal funding for Atlanta’s airport and the port of Savannah.