Former Columbus mayor eyes Georgia US Senate bid as Democrat

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Georgia Senate

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) – A former mayor of Columbus is running as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate seat now held by incumbent Georgia Republican David Perdue.

Teresa Tomlinson filed Friday with the Federal Elections Commission to establish an exploratory committee.

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However, Tomlinson tells the Ledger-Enquirer of Columbus says she might not run if former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams does.

A lawyer, the 54-year-old Tomlinson served two-terms as mayor. She describes herself as a former Republican who left the party, saying she felt the GOP was dividing people along racial, religious and sexual orientation lines to get votes.

Tomlinson entered politics after leading a nonprofit group that works to revitalize central parts of Columbus.

She counts her achievements as mayor as reducing crime, reforming budgeting and connecting neighborhoods by walking and bike trails.

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Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, http://ledger-enquirer.com

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