DeKalb County, Ga., CEO Announces Bid for Senate Seat

By Todd DeFeo

ATLANTA, July 22, 2007 — Vernon Jones, the controversial CEO of DeKalb County, announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate yesterday.

“I believe Georgia needs a conservative democrat in the United States Senate,” Jones, a Democrat, said on his Web site. “I share your concerns with the direction in which our country is going.”

Jones is the third Democrat to throw his hat in the ring. Dale Caldwell, a former Atlanta television reporter

The winner the Democratic primary will likely face incumbent Sen. Saxby Chambliss, a Republican. No one has yet announced his intention to try and unseat Chambliss, who saw some of his popularity erode following his support of an immigration bill conservatives said was tantamount to amnesty.

Jones was elected CEO of DeKalb County in 2000, and he was re-elected in 2004. He previously served in the Georgia General Assembly from 1993 until 2001.

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