Logsdon to run for state insurance office

Mon, 05/04/2009 - 12:18pm
By: John Munford

Peachtree City Mayor Harold Logsdon announced Saturday that he will be running for State Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner.

The announcement came in front of the Fayette County Republican Party, but Logsdon acknowledged it was not a well-kept secret.

In running for the state job, Logsdon is forgoing a second term as Peachtree City Mayor. Currently that leaves just one announced candidate in the race: sitting councilman Don Haddix.

Logsdon said he felt his 36 years with Bellsouth, which included experience with fraud investigations, would serve him well as insurance commissioner along with his service in the National Guard and as Peachtree City mayor.

“And as a financial planner I held an insurance license, so that should help too,” Logsdon said.

As for the safety aspects of the job, Logsdon said his experience as mayor has exposed him to the importance of building codes to provide a safe environment for Georgia residents.

Logsdon said he felt this particular job was such a good fit with his qualifications that it “was made for me.”

While Logsdon realizes he will likely face a challenge from other state politicians who might have more political experience, he said he was “looking forward” to the campaign.

To an extent the race will be wide open because the incumbent, John Oxendine, is leaving office in pursuit of becoming Georgia's next governor.

Despite the significance of Logsdon's announcment, he played second fiddle at the Republican breakfast meeting to a state political player with considerably more clout: Sen. Eric Johnson of Savannah, who is making a bid for governor.

Johnson, who spoke before Logsdon, said he wants to see a study authored on the variety of taxes assessed by the state so they can be cut. He also boasted of his continuing, but failing, efforts to bring a voucher system to all public schools to allow parents the choice of where to send their child to school "with their tax money."

Johnson announced that Rev. George Dillard of Peachtree City Christian Church would chair his campaign in Fayette County.

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Submitted by Shoebox on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 9:18am.

I guess that means that the church will lose its Non-Profit" status, right?! The government says: "No taxes/no politics" or lose your non-profit status. Of course, silly me, we ALL know of other famous preacher/pastors who have violated that law, don't we???

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Submitted by Main Stream on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 10:58am.

I agree, PW. This doesn't sound very appropriate for a Reverand to be chairing a Senator's campaign in ANY county. I sent an email reporting a possible violation, with a link to the Citizen article, to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

From their website:"Houses of worship and other non-profit groups may not endorse or oppose candidates for public office...they may not use church resources to endorse or oppose candidates, donate church funds to candidates’ campaigns, issue pulpit endorsements or engage in other activities that have the effect of intervening in an election."


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Submitted by Main Stream on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 11:13am.

...is no stranger to controversy:

WND article

he's on a mission from *his* god

Submitted by Doug on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 9:00am.

How does a guy who would've been crushed in the mayor's race think he can win State Insurance Commissioner?

Logsdon seriously flopped as mayor on the same resume he's running on for commissioner.

There are some rumors Steve Brown is going to run for mayor again. What's the deal, anybody know? Personally, I'd like to see him go for it.

Submitted by AtHomeGym on Wed, 05/06/2009 - 7:41am.

Google "Georgia Senator Seth Harp" and watch his video. Think he'll get my vote.

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Submitted by matt.barnes on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 9:42am.

Its a pretty low profile position. Most people who vote in this election will not know who he is or who his competitior is. Hell, many will have never even heard of the position before. Really his chances are 50-50 unless there ends up being more than two canidates.

Why does he want to be in politics so bad anyways?

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Submitted by DanTennant on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 3:59pm.

I agree that it's not the most glamorous position in the world, but the current Commissioner has a good shot at winning the governorship this fall, so you never know where it might lead to.

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Submitted by matt.barnes on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 8:48pm.

Yeah, you are right this position could lead to bigger and better things. Everybody starts somewhere. But that doesn't mean I am wrong in calling this low profile. The average person that walks into the voting booth will have never even heard of this position and I think that makes it low profile.

Submitted by Spyglass on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 9:03am.

thought Westmoreland had ZERO chance of winning in the last election. You'll be surprised how LITTLE impact these blogs actually have. They are enjoyable, and a decent source of local info, but not much else.

As far as Brown...I hope not, unless he's changed drastically.

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Submitted by Spear Road Guy on Wed, 05/06/2009 - 10:55am.

I was stupid enough to support and vote for Harold before. I would love to have Steve Brown back in the mayor's office over the likes of Harold any day!!!

Harold is going to find out that the local developers union can't get him elected to state office.

Westmoreland is an idiot but that doesn't mean he can't be elected.

Vote Republican

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Submitted by SpinDr on Mon, 05/04/2009 - 3:00pm.

What makes Mayor Harold think he knows beans about the insurance industry, much less be the chief regulator for the State. We have seen him literally give away the Peachtree City Farm during his term as Mayor and now he is looking to really screw the rest of the State?

The Insurance Commissioner's position really requires someone who knows that industry, not some retires would be internal auditor who failed miserably as a city Mayor. Hang it up and let someone qualified run on the Republican ticket Mr. Mayor. Better yet stick to the Y Not and playing golf. Both of those require your skill set.

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Submitted by ptctaxpayer on Mon, 05/04/2009 - 3:14pm.

Ole Harold

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Submitted by MajorMike on Mon, 05/04/2009 - 12:49pm.

Now there's a recipe for disaster. Somehow I don't see him as being a viable candidate.

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