Just days since U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss announced he will not seek re-election in 2014, the race is on to fill his seat.
And at least one politician with Gwinnett ties appears to be eyeing the race.
Earlier this week, U.S. Rep. Paul Broun's wife appeared to announce her husband will seek the seat, although Broun has not yet declared. Broun, a Republican from Athens whose district includes eastern Gwinnett and all of Barrow, is expected to make an announcement next week.
Former Gov. Sonny Perdue has already announced he intends to continue his retirement, even though he led a poll of possibilities conducted by GaPundit.com.
Broun came in third, not far behind former Secretary of State Karen Handel, who resigned from Susan G. Komen for the Cure over a flap involving Planned Parenthood funding. Reps. Lynn Westmoreland, Tom Price and Tom Graves are also considered possible GOP candidates, along with Secretary of State Brian Kemp.
Of course, the Democrats are excited about race, with state party chairman Mike Berlon, a lawyer from Loganville, saying recruitment began months ago.
"It is clear that the politics and demographics within Georgia are changing. In November, President Obama received more than 45.5 percent of the statewide vote with little national help. With the significant changes that are taking place, we believe that we could win this seat even if it were against an incumbent," Berlon said. "With this being an open seat, our odds have improved significantly. This is especially true because it appears that there may be a significantly divided primary on the Republican side."
"There is no question that Georgia is on the way to turning blue," Berlon added. "This is the first step in reclaiming the House and Senate on a national level across the South."
Loganville on national committee
Berlon, by the way, is taking a place on the national stage.
The day after the presidential inauguration last week, Berlon was elected to the Democratic National Committee's executive committee, the policy-making section and governing body of the party. That means Berlon will be one of 64 people in the nation who oversees the affairs of the party between meetings of the full committee. He will serve as the group's Southern Chair, a press release said.
The job came as part of a meeting of the Association of State Democratic Chairs, and he will serve on that group's executive committee as well.
"The new role will give Georgia a much more powerful voice in national affairs and policy decisions, particularly during the upcoming 2014 election cycle," the release from the state party said.
"I am honored to have the clear support of my colleagues at the DNC who have expressed their confidence by electing me to this significant national position," Berlon said. "I have assured them that I will do my best to make sure that the interest of our state parties are heard and that our needs are addressed at the national level."
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