COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Randy Robertson became the first candidate to make a formal announcement for the State Senate Seat for District 29 Tuesday.
With a long history of civic and political involvement, Robertson says he is more than prepared to possibly take on the new role.
Robertson made his official announcement Tuesday afternoon at the DoubleTree Hotel in Columbus. Surrounded by family, friends, and supporters, Randy Robertson took the first step at making what he says is his "life calling."
"After leaving the Sheriff's office, continuing serving within my community was never an option, I knew I was going to do that. It was just looking for the right opportunity and right place to serve," said Robertson.
Robertson is a retired major at the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office and has an extensive career in law enforcement that stretches over 30 years. Robertson is currently the President of the Georgia Fraternal Order of Police.
An opportunity to serve came when Senator Josh McKoon (R) announced he would not seek re-election. Prompting Robertson to use all his former civic and political involvement to pursue a greater cause.
"When people look, and they see my involvement within the community, even from beyond my years as a law enforcement officer, they'll see that I'm passionate about serving my fellow man. That I know, at times it sounds kind of cheesy, but I do feel a calling from my Lord and Savior to go out and serve my fellow man," Robertson.
Currently unopposed, Robertson says Tuesday not only served as the formal announcement ceremony for his candidacy but the kick off to a long campaign.
"We're just going to get out there and grind. We're going to meet every citizen we can meet. We're going to answer every answer that we can answer, and we're going to look at every issue in our community good and bad, and we're going to come up with solutions to solve them," said Robertson.
If elected, Robertson says he has great plans for District 29. His biggest stances being education, poverty issues, and public safety.
District 29 is made up of Harris, Meriwether, Muscogee, and Troup counties.
Senator Josh McKoon has served in this Senate seat since 2010. As of now, McKoon's has not announced his future plans for once his term is up.