A Holly Springs Republican state legislator has tossed his hat into the ring to run for the Georgia Senate.
Sean Jerguson confirmed to Patch early Wednesday afternoon that he will run for the Georgia Senate District 21 seat, which encompasses the eastern half of Cherokee County, Alpharetta and Milton.
The seat is now vacant as former Sen. Chip Rogers of Woodstock abruptly resigned from the position on Tuesday.
Jerguson said he's looked at the possibility very carefully and has prayed about it.
“I think it was extremely important that someone from Cherokee County wins this seat and provide the conservative leadership that we need,” he said.
Jerguson said he does not have to resign to announce he's running, but noted he has to resign from his State House District 21 seat before he formally qualifies.
Sources close to Georgia Department of Transportation Board Member Brandon Beach, Rogers' opponent in the July Republican primary, say he is close to a decision on running again for the seat.
Jerguson said he's garnered dozens of emails and phone calls from supporters, asking him to run for the seat.
The state representative said he's gotten support from most of Cherokee County's legislative delegation members, such as State Rep.-elect Michael Caldwell (R-Woodstock), State Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville), State Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell) and State Rep. Calvin Hill (R-Hickory Flat).
He also noted he's received support from Holly Springs Mayor Tim Downing and other non-elected community leaders.
Jerguson said he's been "humbled" by the support residents have given him to elect him four times to the Georgia House of Representatives. The campaign, he said will be "quick," adding it's his understanding that Gov. Nathan Deal has set the special election date for Jan. 8.
Jerguson added "it's important" that Cherokee residents understand he wants to provide the same conservative leadership in the state senate that he is known for in the Georgia House of Representatives.
Jerguson, owner of Hi Caliber Firearms, began his political career in 2001 when he was elected to the Holly Springs City Council. He was later elected to the state house in 2006 and subsequently re-elected in 2008, 2010 and earlier this year.
He and wife Kate have two children.