Originally created 02/20/03

Jackson, Oxendine won't run for Senate



ATLANTA -- Former Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson and state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine announced Wednesday they will not run for the U.S. Senate when Zell Miller retires.

Jackson said he has not definitely made his decision, but it's highly unlikely he would run.

"I've been taking a look at this issue and the research I've been doing is not complete," Jackson said. "But the closer I look, the less likely are the probabilities that I will run."

Oxendine said he has a commitment to his family and to serve his term as insurance commissioner rather than run for Senate.

Jackson, 64, is a former three-time Atlanta mayor. Oxendine, 40, has been insurance commissioner since 1994.

The only declared candidate for the Senate seat is U.S. Rep. Johnny Isakson, R-Marietta.