Brookhaven City Councilwoman Linley Jones will not make a run for the state House District 80 seat this year, she announced in a press release responding to rumors.
“I’m flattered by the rumor, but I’m very happy to serve District 1 on the City Council,” Jones said in an interview. “I intend to serve in this position and not run for another office.”
District 80 covers most of Brookhaven and a large section of eastern Sandy Springs, along with part of Chamblee. Incumbent Rep. Taylor Bennett, D-Brookhaven, won the seat in a special election last year and is expected to run for re-election. Meagan Myers Hanson, a Republican attorney from Brookhaven, has announced in social media that she will run for the office. Catherine Bernard, a Republican who has run unsuccessfully for the seat twice before, maintains a campaign website listing this year’s primary election date.
No candidates are officially in the race because paperwork filing does not happen until March. The state primary election will be held May 24 and the general election on Nov. 8.