Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson (D) is confirming that she is considering challenging Sen. David Purdue (R) when her term expires in January. Ms. Tomlinson was first elected to lead the city of approximately 195,000 people in 2010, becoming the first female Mayor in Columbus’ history. She was re-elected in 2014, but was ineligible to seek a third term in this election year.
Ms. Tomlinson qualified her Senate consideration when indicating she would yield to gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams if the latter woman chooses to run. For her part, Ms. Abrams, while confirming she wants to run for office again, says she wants to spend next year as a “private citizen.”
In 2014, Mr. Purdue scored a 53-45% win over Michelle Nunn (D), the daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn (D).
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