State rep­re­sen­ta­tive not run­ning again

Mum­ford rep­re­sents Dis­trict 95, Cony­ers

The Covington News - - Local News - By Rachel Oswald

Cit­ing a de­sire to spend more time with his law prac­tice, State Rep. Robert Mum­ford (R-Cony­ers) an­nounced last Thurs­day that he will not run for re-elec­tion for Dis­trict 95.

“It’s a de­ci­sion I’ve been think­ing about for a long time,” Mum­ford said. “I just de­cided that I needed to spend more time with my law prac­tice. I had never in­tended to make a ca­reer out of it. I stayed for four years and I think that’s long enough. It was a great honor. I en­joyed do­ing it.”

In his time at the Capi­tol, Mum­ford said he was es­pe­cially proud of his role in bring­ing $2 mil­lion to New­ton County for the build­ing of the Porter Me­mo­rial Branch Li­brary and $2 mil­lion for the ex­pan­sion of the Nancy Guinn Me­mo­rial Li­brary in Cony­ers.

Mum­ford said he was also proud of the work he did with State Rep. Doug Holt (R-So­cial Cir­cle) on his Fair An­nex­a­tion Act, which passed the leg­is­la­ture in 2007.

A for­mer Dis­trict At­tor­ney and Su­pe­rior Court Judge for the Rock­dale Ju­di­cial Cir­cuit, Mum­ford said his de­ci­sion not to seek a third term was not at all in­flu­enced by the chang­ing de­mo­graph­ics of his dis­trict which in­cludes parts of New­ton, Rock­dale and Gwin­nett Coun­ties.

In 2006, Mum­ford nar­rowly de­feated his Demo­crat chal­lenger Ge­orge Wil­son, cap­tur­ing 51.8 per­cent of the vote, ac­cord­ing to the Sec­re­tary of State’s Web site. Ear­lier this week Wil­son qual­i­fied again to run as a Demo­crat for the Dis­trict 95 seat.

Mum­ford said he has not ruled out run­ning for po­lit­i­cal of­fice in the fu­ture.

“I guess you never know what life may hold,” Mum­ford said.

Mum­ford’s de­ci­sion not to seek re-elec­tion has al­ready been mourned in some un­likely quar­ters.

The left-of-cen­ter al­ter­na­tive At­lanta weekly news­pa­per, Creative Loaf­ing, lamented Mum­ford’s de­par­ture from the leg­is­la­ture on their Web site last week, not­ing that they had awarded him an Arnie Award — which rec­og­nizes “law­mak­ers and other state lead­ers who held back just a bit of the buf­foon­ery per­pe­trated on the pub­lic dur­ing the Gen­eral As­sem­bly ses­sion” — three years in a row.

“I’ve al­ways tried to work in a non-par­ti­san fash­ion and to build con­sen­sus,” Mum­ford said. “I think that’s very im­por­tant.”

Dur­ing his time in the Gen­eral As­sem­bly, Mum­ford ar­gued in fa­vor of en­force­able sex-of­fender bills and spoke against a bill which would have al­lowed nonunan­i­mous ju­ries to is­sue death sen­tences.

In the 2008 ses­sion, Mum­ford over­saw the award­ing of a fifth judge to the Al­covy Ju­di­cial Cir­cuit. He also in­tro­duced a bill to pro­vide a free foren­sic med­i­cal exam to vic­tims of sex­ual as­sault. The bill, which man­dates that the foren­sic ev­i­dence be main­tained for 10 years, was suc­cess­fully passed out of the Gen­eral As­sem­bly.

Mum­ford said he was very dis­ap­pointed that a trans­porta­tion mea­sure to al­low re­gions to vote on pass­ing a sales tax within their dis­trict to fund re­gional road im­prove­ments failed to pass the Se­nate af­ter mak­ing it out of the House.

“I think we need to do a bet­ter job of mak­ing sure that we are re­spond­ing to ma­jor is­sues like trans­porta­tion,” Mum­ford said.

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