Macon lawmaker eyes leadership role in Georgia House

A Democratic Macon lawmaker plans to seek one of the minority leadership roles up for election in the Georgia House of Representatives.

State Rep. James Beverly also said he won't rule out a possible run for Macon mayor in the 2020 local elections.

He said a mayoral candidacy would hinge on whether he gets "tremendous support from the community," and the outcome of the upcoming House minority leadership elections.

Macon mayor Robert Reichert is term limited and can't seek re-election in 2020.

Beverly predicts there will be a large field of candidates for the position.

Beverly also said he plans to seek re-election to the House District 143 seat next year -- he's held the seat for six years.

"We'll see what happens in the next couple of years," he said.

The positions in the state House opened up when two of the leaders stepped down to run for governor: Rep. Stacy Abrams, an Atlanta Democrat, who was the House minority leader, and Rep. Stacy Evans, a Smyrna Democrat, who served as chair of the Democratic Caucus.

Beverly said the Democrats will choose new leaders in July.

He plans to shoot for minority leader, but would accept another leadership position if that's what the Democrats want.

Beverly made the comments Tuesday during a taping of 13 WMAZ's Close-Up program.

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