Gov. calls election to replace late Rep. Hill
by Joshua Sharpe
November 09, 2013 10:06 PM | 3640 views | 3 3 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Gov. Nathan Deal has called for a special election to replace the late state Rep. Calvin Hill (R-Canton) in the District 22 seat in the Georgia House of Representatives.

In an executive order issued Saturday morning, Deal set the special election for Jan. 7 to replace the legislator who died Oct. 30 after a brief battle against leukemia.

So far, no qualifying date has been set to replace Hill in the seat covering parts of Chero-kee, Forsyth and Fulton counties, according to Janet Munda, Cherokee County Supervisor of Elections and Registration.

Munda said the qualifying dates for the election will come out of the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, which sets qualifying dates, fees and other details of elections. The Secretary of State’s Office could not be reached for comment Saturday.

Although, little more than a week has passed since Hill died, several residents have already announced their candidacies to take over his seat.

On Saturday morning, four people, Meagan Biello, Nate Cochran, Jeff Duncan and Sam Moore spoke before the Cherokee County Republican Party and said they would be running, said Rick Davies, Cherokee GOP chair.

Cochran is an attorney in Canton.

Biello is a Creekview High teacher and the daughter-in-law of former Cherokee County Commissioner J.J. Biello.

Duncan is the former Cherokee GOP chair and a recent addition to the Cherokee Resource Recovery Development Authority.

Several in attendance at the Cherokee GOP function Saturday said they weren’t familiar with Moore. He couldn’t be reached for comment Saturday.

With the special election to replace Hill falling in early January, it will be to replace Hill falling in early January, it will be take place just a month after the runoff elections Dec. 3 for two seats on the Canton City Council and the District 14 seat in the state Senate. That means a holiday season loaded with campaigning.

“It’s going to be a lot of work for us, especially for the holidays,” Munda said. “But that’s what we do. We run elections and we’re up to the challenge.”

Considering four potential candidates have so far announced their intention to be on the ballot for Hill’s seat, Davies said he’s expecting another runoff.

“Much like we saw in the (District 14) race,” Davis said, “unless that number thins out before the election, I can almost guarantee there will be a runoff.”

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November 12, 2013
Ari, It is I who should thank you...You have served quietly and diligently in many positions... Your servant spirit and your personal integrity are more of what is needed in public servants. I don't just endorse you (for what that is worth) I ENTHUSIASTICALLY ENDORSE you!" --Jeff Duncan

I guess these guys are from the same beliefs. We all know how the Durham campaign tried to win in Canton...anyone BUT Duncan!
November 11, 2013
After his meddling in the recent Canton City Council race, I say anyone but Jeff Duncan!
Info on Moore
November 11, 2013
As this journalist didn't know who Sam Moore is, this is the answer.

Sam Moore has been handling the Libertarian/Tea Party candidates for the 11th district, beginning with promoting Ron Paul's campaign there.

He has no political qualifications except for writing dreadfully long political emails. He is anti-Baby Boomer, very rude to anybody that disagrees with him politically, like a little child (at least he was to me) and not mature enough to represent us at the Capital, period.

Expect an influx of the GA Liberty young people from other parts of the state, as that is how he thinks he can win, a la Charles Gregory in Cobb County.

Difference is, Charles Gregory is a very bright and articulate gentleman. Moore, IMHO, is not.
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