Maryline Blackburn, Palin's 'Miss Alaska' Pageant Rival, Qualifies As Candidate For Georgia House

06/29/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

ATLANTA — A woman who was once a beauty pageant rival of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is running for a seat in the Georgia state House.

Maryline Blackburn, a Democrat, qualified Thursday for the House District 34 election in the Atlanta suburb of Smyrna. She hopes to challenge incumbent Rep. Rich Golick, a Republican.

Blackburn won Miss Alaska in 1984, beating Palin, who was second runner-up. Blackburn is a recording artist who has been nominated twice for a Grammy.

Georgia's primary is July 20, and the general election is Nov. 2.