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.”