Macon attorney John F. Kennedy announced Thursday that he's going to challenge state Sen. Cecil Staton (R) for the District 18 legislative seat.

In a news release Thursday, Kennedy described himself as a conservative Republican.

District 18 includes all of Crawford, Monroe, Peach and Upson counties and parts of Bibb and Houston counties.

Kennedy is the managing partner at the Macon-based law firm of James-Bates-Brannan-Groover where he specializes in complex commercial litigation, business transactions and business disputes. He's a 1990 Mercer University Law School graduate.

Staton has held the District 18 senate seat since 2005.

"I am running because our Middle Georgia families need honest, hardworking leadership in the State Senate. We need an authentic, enthusiastic conservative leader who is committed to working hard for our community, being there for us to ensure that our interests and values are being protected and that our voices are heard," Kennedy stated in a news release.

Also in the race for 2014 is Spencer Price, the Thomaston doctor who challenged Staton last year.

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