We had heard rumors for several weeks that Senate Majority Whip Cecil Staton was considering retiring from his legislative post, but recently the pitch increased until last night several sources appear to confirm that the legislator who represents parts of Bibb, Houston, Jones and Monroe counties will announce today at 10 AM that he will not run for reelection in the May 20th Republican Primary.
In 2012, Staton won reelection in the GOP Primary by 203 votes out of nearly 21,000 ballots cast, and opponent Spencer Price had announced he would run again. Macon attorney John F. Kennedy also announced his campaign for the Senate District 18 seat and appeared to present a serious challenge.
Staton introduced Senate Resolution 736, which would put Georgia on the record calling for an Article V Constitutional Convention to consider amending the United States Constitution. That legislation passed out of the Senate Rules Committee and is scheduled for the floor of the Senate today.
Other rumors and speculation currently unconfirmed and denied by some claiming knowledge, are that Senate Majority Leader Ronnie Chance will announce his retirement this year as well.
Finally, unconfirmed rumors have filtered out of the National Conference of State Legislatures that former NCSL President and current Executive Committee Member Don Balfour said recently he would not stand for reelection in 2014.