Longtime Georgia state senator announces retirement

ATLANTA (AP) — A longtime state senator from northwest Georgia says that he won’t seek reelection in November. Sen. Bill Heath on Monday announced his plan to step down at the end of his term. The Republican from Bremen represents state Senate District 31 including Haralson, Polk and parts of Paulding counties. Heath made a mark early in his political career by defeating the larger-than-life former Democratic state House Speaker Tom Murphy in 2002. Heath was elected to the state Senate in 2005. With tears in his eyes, Heath said that he was retiring to spend more time with his family.

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