Columbus residents react to former mayor’s U.S. Senate run announcement

Columbus residents react to former mayor’s U.S. Senate run announcement

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The announcement of Teresa Tomlinson officially running for U.S. Senate came this Wednesday morning.

“I’m Teresa Tomlinson and I’m running for U.S. Senate from the State of Georgia,” she said in a video released on her Twitter account.

Former Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson has had an exploratory committee the past two weeks or so for the U.S. Senate seat. Now that Stacey Abrams, Georgia’s former gubernatorial candidate, is definitely not running, it’s official for Tomlinson.

“I’m running for U.S. Senate in 2020 because I’ve spent my life making sure government makes a positive difference in yours,” Tomlinson said in the video.

People around Columbus were talking about it.

“I’m excited,” said Helen Johnson, a lifelong Columbus resident.

“I don’t dislike her, but what she believes and what I believe are just not the same,” said Alton Russell, the chairman of the Columbus Moscogee County Republican Party.

Johnson thought Tomlinson did a great job as mayor.

“She understood preserving those things that were good in our size city and community, but she also knew we had to move forward,” Johnson said.

And she was excited Tomlinson is aiming for the national stage.

“I think she’s excellent on problem solving," Johnson said. "I think she’s a great researcher. She gets her facts, she knows what she’s doing, and she lays groundwork before she moves forward.”

Russell preferred incumbent Republican Senator David Perdue because of some of Tomlinson’s decisions while mayor.

“She was just a tax and spend Democrat in my observations,” he said.

He was worried if elected, Tomlinson would add to the political gridlock.

“The Democrats are not doing anything in D.C. but fighting Trump. And if she gets elected, she’s going to be part of the Schumer crowd and that’s what they’re for. She’s not going to go up there and change Washington D.C.”

A spokeswoman with Perdue said in a statement that, “he is a different kind of leader with a proven record of bipartisan results.”

The last time a Democrat was elected as a U.S. senator in Georgia was almost 15 years ago.

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