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Republicans line up behind candidates for Speaker

Members of the Georgia House are readying to select a successor for House Speaker David Ralston.

Current Georgia House Majority Leader Jon Burns (R-Newington) is lining up support to become state House speaker. Several other potential contenders to lead the chamber have bowed out and endorsed Burns.

The official vote won’t come until the new House convenes on Jan. 9. However, House Republicans are scheduled to choose their nominee Monday. That person is likely to win.

Republican Rep. Barry Fleming of Harlem is the only other announced candidate still running. Current Speaker David Ralston is stepping down because of health problems.

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!