Edwards to enter state House race

ALBANY, Ga. — Dougherty County Commissioner Muarlean Edwards told commissioners Monday that she has decided to run for the Georgia House seat now held by Carol Fullerton.

“I just wanted to let you all know that I will be running for a state seat,” Edwards said at the Monday morning meeting of the commission. “I promise not to let my campaigning interfere with the business we do at this table.”

Edwards told The Albany Herald on Friday that she was contemplating running for the revamped State House District 153, which is currently represented by former city commissioner Carol Fullerton. Fullerton has said she plans to run for re-election to the Legislature.

Edwards said after the meeting that she plans in the coming days to file the necessary paperwork to begin fundraising for the campaign. She had said previously that she had a desire to seek state office because she believed that was where she could be most effective.

Edwards also found out Monday from Dougherty County Attorney Spencer Lee that even though she will be campaigning for a legislative seat, she will be allowed to keep her comission seat until her term expires at the end of the year.

“It’s her seat unless she decides to resign or retire before it expires, which, as you all know, is December 31,” Lee said.

Edwards said she didn’t plan on giving up her seat at the County Commission until her term was over.

Edwards is the first person to publicly announce a challenge against Fullerton.

With both candidates running as Democrats, they’ll face off in the state’s General Primary, which has been set for July 31, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.

On hand Monday to lend their support was Edwards’ husband of 49 years and her daughter Velvet Riggins, a Dougherty County School Board member who has been charged with falsifying free or reduced school lunch applications.