'Against all odds': Colton Moore running against Jeff Mullis for Georgia Senate seat

Staff photo by Doug Strickland / Georgia State House District 1 candidate Colton Moore talks with people before a debate at Dade County Public Library on Thursday, April 19, 2018, in Trenton, Ga. Multiple candidates across several races were in attendance for the forum, which precedes the May 22 primary election.

Georgia state Rep. Colton Moore, R-Trenton, told the Times Free Press in a phone call Friday morning that he is running against Sen. Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga, for the Senate seat in District 53.

"I'm going up against the political boss of Northwest Georgia," Moore said. "Against all odds."

Moore made his first surprising announcement of the week on Monday when he said he wouldn't be running for re-election for his District 1 House seat. On Friday morning he qualified to run for the seat in District 53.

Mullis, who has held his seat for two decades, is chairman of the powerful Senate Rules Committee, one of the more seasoned senators in Atlanta and is known as an important ally for lawmakers on both sides of the aisle when something needs to get done.