COLUMBUS, Ga. — Rick Allen of Columbus has made it official. He plans to challenge U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr., D-Albany, in next fall’s Second Congressional District of Georgia race.
Allen and Lee Ferrell of Lee County were crushed in the 2010 Republican primary election by Mike Keown of Collidge, who eventually lost in the general election to Bishop. Bishop, who has represented the district for nearly two decades, is seeking his 11th two-year term in Congress.
“After much thoughtful deliberation, I have made a decision to run for U.S. Congress in GA-2 again,” Allen wrote in an email to supporters. “As I venture into this fray, I would appreciate your thoughts and prayers. As you know, it’s going to be another uphille battle, and I would be extremely thankful for any help and support you could give to my campaign.”
Bishop won re-election in 2010 in the battle of his political life, retaining the seat with 51 percent of the vote. At one point during the evening, The Associated Press called the race for Keown, but came back an hour later and recanted.
Bishop’s re-election last year was due in large part his taking the urban centers of Columbus and Albany. This years redistricting changes by the Georgia Legislature have added Macon to the Second District. Political observers have said the change makes the Second District safe for a Democratic candidate.
Allen may have to get through another Republican primary first. According to the website leeferrell.com, veteran challenger Ferrell will be making his third run to pick up the GOP bid.
Calls to the phone number listed on the web site seeking comment from Ferrell went unanswered.