Ray Merrick isn't running for re-election. Rumor has it he may be gearing up to challenge for a county seat. To date, three candidates have filed to replace him. They include Republicans Tim Harmon, Sean Tarwater, and a guy who just wants to waste time and money, Democrat Larry Miller.
If I were a betting woman, I would guess that state Rep. Ray Merrick's chosen replacement is Tim Harmon.
I am just going to leave this here, because I have a t-shirt that reads, "I Told You So" and I almost never get to wear it.