Glenn Richardson qualifies for State Senate

7:01 PM, Sep 12, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Glenn Richardson is once again running for public office.

Wednesday afternoon Richardson qualified for a State Senate seat.

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Almost three years after he resigned in disgrace, former Speaker of the House Glenn Richardson is aiming for a comeback.

He had admitted to an affair with a lobbyist, he had divorced, and he had tried to commit suicide -- all of which led to him resigning his powerful position. 

Richardson decided to run again after Gov. Nathan Deal appointed State Sen. Bill Hamrick to a judgeship.  That left a vacancy in District 30, where Richardson lives.

"I'm ready to get back" into politics, Richardson told reporters at the Capitol after he paid a $400 fee to qualify. "If all we did was focus on our failures of life, you wouldn't do anything else. I'm ready. I'm nervous."

State Rep. Bill Hembree (R-Winston) also qualified to run in the special election, which will be held in November.  Hembree sidestepped questions about his former House colleague, saying "We're going to run our race, and stay focused on the issues that people in the district think and care about. And not focus on distractions."

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