Barrow County State Rep. Terry England said Tuesday he is supporting Rep. David Ralston as new Speaker of the Georgia Houses of Representatives.
A new speaker will have to be elected since Rep. Glenn Richardson has resigned following reported personal issues, including a reported suicide attempt and an affair with a lobbyist.
England supported Ralston last year, making the nomination speech for him. But once Richardson was re-elected, England said he stood behind the incumbent.
“We’ve got several people looking at the position this year,” England told the Barrow Journal. “We’ll see how it all works out.”
Ralston is from Blue Ridge and is serving his third term in the House of Representatives.
Neither England or State Rep. Tommy Benton, who represents a small portion of Barrow County, spoke about the Speaker of the House issue directly during Tuesday morning’s chamber of commerce eggs and issues forum.
Benton said it has been a “difficult week-and-a-half in the House and we hope to get everything pointed in the right direction.”
England said the whole state has been in a “little turmoil” over the recent news regarding Richardson.
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