Lee Anderson resigned as Columbia County's District 4 commissioner Tuesday.
He intends to run in a July 15 special election to replace state Rep. Barry Fleming for the District 117 state House seat.
Fleming plans to take on U.S. Rep. Paul Broun for the District 10 U.S. House seat.
Brett McGuire, of Appling, also has declared his intention to seek the District 117 seat.
On Friday morning, Scott Dean resigned as mayor of Harlem and announced his intention to seek Anderson's commission seat.
"It's greater to give than to receive," Anderson said at a commission meeting Tuesday. "That's what I've always tried to do; to give back to the county I've lived in my entire life."
County officials will recognize Anderson's service during an employee appreciation dinner April 14.
"It has truly been a pleasure and an honor to serve the people in Columbia County," he said.
Anderson was first elected to the seat in a special election in 2003 to fill the unexpired term of Mark Devoti, and then was unopposed in the 2004 election.
He ran for the state House seat in 1996, losing to Bill Jackson, who now is the 24th District state senator.
In other business at the meeting, commissioners gave tentative approval to a resolution allowing the county's Animal Care and Control to issue pet identifications for a $2 fee.
The resolution also allows animal control to conduct quarterly rabies clinics and administer rabies shots for a $2 fee. Commissioners likely will approve the resolution on second reading at their April 15 meeting.
Once approved, pet ID tags can be purchased from the animal control office in Appling or at the rabies clinics.
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