Elections officials say Gov. Nathan Deal has officially called on Friday the Nov. 5 special election to replace District 14 state Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville), and the qualifying date for the race has now been rescheduled to Sept. 16 through 18.
Qualifying to replace Loudermilk, who has resigned to focus on his bid for the 11th District seat in Congress, will be at the Elections Division of the Office of the Secretary of State in Atlanta and cost $400, according to Jared Thomas, press secretary for Secretary of State Brian Kemp.
Thomas said in a release Friday that the election for the seat, which represents large parts of Cherokee and Bartow counties and a small portion of Cobb, will be non-partisan with no party primaries.
“However, each candidate’s party affiliation, if any, will be listed on the ballot,” Thomas said.
At least three candidates have so far said they plan to qualify for the seat, which Loudermilk announced he would be vacating to focus on his Congress run just last week.
Dwight Pullen, 53, of Canton, Matt Laughridge, 25, of Cartersville, and Bruce Thompson, 48, of White — who is also Loudermilk’s former finance chairman — all indicated Thursday that they plan to run for the seat.
Qualifying will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 16, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 17 and Sept. 18 from 8 a.m. to noon, Thomas said.
In Cherokee County, the election will be in conjunction with the Nov. 5 city elections, said Cherokee County Supervisor of Elections and Registration Janet Munda.
Anyone wishing to vote must be registered by Oct. 7 to participate in the Nov. 5 special election, Thomas said.