Floyd Griffin officially running for Secretary of State
Former state senator and Milledgeville mayor Floyd Griffin officially has qualified to run for Secretary of State this year, filling out the paper work and paying the qualifying fee last week in Atlanta.
Griffin's campaign website is up-and-running and can be viewed HERE.
Griffin, 77, was one of four Democrats to qualify, joining Dee Dawkins-Haigler, a "minister/consultant;" John Eaves, an "educator" from Atlanta; Bee Nguyen, a "nonprofit director" from Atlanta; as well as Michael Owens, a "cyber security executive" from Mabelton.
On the Republican side, meanwhile, Baldwin County's current congressman – Jody Hice – was among four GOP candidates to qualify. Hice announced last year that he was giving up his congressional seat to run for Secretary of State, and he made it official last week. Hice has the endorsement of Donald Trump and is favored by Trump. Also qualifying was incumbent Brad Raffensberger, who definitely doesn't have the endorsement of Trump and definitely is not favored by Trump. Rounding out the field for the May 24 republican Primary is David C. Belle Isle, a "business owner/attorney" from Alpharetta and T.J. Hudson, a "county manager" from Soperton.
Hice spoke to the Baldwin County Republican Committee last fall at Northridge Christian Church on Meriwether. He told the crowd that he and his wife prayed about the decision one night, and the very next day Trump operative Mark Meadows called from D.C. and gauged his interest about challenging Raffensberger. Few politicians in Georgia, if any, have been more outspoken than Hice about "election fraud" in 2020 and granted more interviews about the topic.
Griffin would be considered a serious long shot in this year's Secretary of State election. Griffin has surprised in the past, however. In 1994, he became the first African-American since Reconstruction to be elected to the state senate in Georgia from a majority white district. Eight years later, Griffin became Milledgeville's first African-American mayor.
Since then, however, Griffin hasn't fared so well in campaigns. He came up short in two subsequent mayoral elections, and also came up short in a 2010 run for state senate and a 2016 bid for state representative.