State representative Jim Cole will be appointed Secretary of State, according to the AJC.Cole currently represents northeast Lamar County. He is Gov.Sonny Perdue’s floor leader in the state house of representatives. A special election will be held at some point to fill his unexpired house term which ends one year from today.Cole will replace Karen Handel who announced last week she would resign to concentrate full time on her race for governor. Perdue’s office is expected to make the announcement Monday.Cole, 38, will serve out the final year of Handel’s term. He will also run in 2010 for a full, four-year term.Cole has been on Perdue’s House team for three years, carrying and pushing the governor’s legislation, the newspaper reported.