Candidates, incumbents announce campaign plans

A Madison County farmer says he will run for a seat in the Georgia House: Tripp Strickland (pictured above) says he is joining the race to replace retiring state lawmaker Tom McCall, the Elbert County Republican who announced last year that he would not run for reelection. Strickland is running as a Republican in a primary that will be held in May. Strickland is one of three announced candidates for the House seat in the May 19 Republican primary, along with Elberton attorney Rob Leverett and Colbert real estate agent Bruce Azevedo.

Gerald Couch says he will run for another term as Sheriff in Hall County. Couch was first elected to the Sheriff's Office in Gainesville in 2012.

Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway says he will not run for reelection this year.

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