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Bryce Johnson seeks Senate seat being vacated by John Crosby

Bryce Johnson declares his candidacy for Georgia Denate District 13

Bryce Johnson, a Worth County native, declared his candidacy for the Georgia Senate, District 13, at the Tift County Courthouse Wednesday. John Crosby, who current holds the seat, has announced will not seek a fourth two-year term.

Bryce Johnson, a Worth County native, declared his candidacy for the Georgia Senate, District 13, at the Tift County Courthouse Wednesday. John Crosby, who current holds the seat, has announced will not seek a fourth two-year term.

TIFTON — Worth County Solicitor-General Bryce Johnson declared his candidacy for District 13 of the Georgia Senate Wednesday shortly after 3 p.m. at Tift County Courthouse.

Johnson, 41, is the first candidate to formally set his sights on the seat now held by Sen. John Crosby, R-Tifton, after Crosby revealed on Tuesday that he will not see a fourth two-year term. In his announcement, Crosby cited a desire to spend more time with grandchildren and the recent death of is daughter as factors in his decision.

In a telephone interview, Johnson said, if he’s elected, he intends to focus on improvements in K-12 education and a re-examination of business policies designed to improve the economy.

“I see a lot of people, especially young people, come through the court system with no present prospects for jobs,” Johnson said. “I want to improve the educational system. At the same time we need policies in place which will grow the economy and make sure the jobs are there.”

In addition, Johnson would work to reduce the rate of income tax on small businesses in Georgia, he said, and revamp the codes for larger businesses in order to create more jobs in south Georgia.

In addition, Johnson calls for “stronger ethics” in leadership and greater transparency and ethics in Atlanta.

“(Our family) lives in Tifton,” Johnson said in a media release, “but there’s not a place in this district that doesn’t feel like home to me. That’s where service ought to come from, I think, from loving a place and its people, and wanting to make it better. If we want our children to continue the work we’ve done, we have to make sure they have quality education and jobs to keep them here.”

Johnson was elected Solicitor-General of Worth County in 2008, he said, and has been assistant Solicitor-General of Tift State Court since 2005. He also serves as special assistant district attorney in Worth and Turner counties.

District 13 includes Lee, Worth, Crisp, Turner, Dooly, Wilcox and Dodge counties, as well as parts of Tift and Sumter counties.