State Senator Jeff Mullis (R-Chickamauga) is facing a Primary challenge from two Republicans who would like to unseat the District 53 senator that represents Walker, Dade, Catoosa and the largest portion of Chattooga County.
Mullis is being challenged by State Representative Colton Moore (R-Rising Fawn) and businessman Todd Noblitt of Chickamauga. Both of Mullis’ primary challengers have criticized the long-serving senator for being a “career politician”. Moore has also been running political ads saying that Senator Mullis had supported a pay-raise for members of the Georgia General Assembly. Mullis had supported the idea of increasing the pay for lawmakers – who currently make less than $18,000 a year.
Last week, Mullis said that he will no longer be supporting that pay raise, and will instead introduce legislation to cut the current pay of legislators in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic’s pressure on the state’s budget.
Mullis released a statement, saying in part: “I am introducing legislation that will reduce legislator pay by 14%… the same amount being requested of our state agencies. Being entrusted as a subcommittee Chair on Senate Appropriations, my colleagues and I will develop a plan to reduce our budget, while still maintaining efficiency and responsiveness to constituents’ concerns.”
Governor Brian Kemp has called on all state agencies to cut budgets by 14% due to the pandemic.