Qualifying to replace late Rep. Hill’s seat to run Nov. 18 to 20
by Joshua Sharpe
November 13, 2013 12:27 AM | 2532 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp has set the qualifying period for the Jan. 7 special election to replace the late state Rep. Calvin Hill (R-Canton) in the District 22 House of Representatives seat.

Qualifying will run from Nov. 18 to 20 at the Secretary of State’s Office and will cost the candidates a $400 fee to go after the seat left vacant by Hill, who died after a fight with leukemia in late October, said Cody Whitlock, spokesman for Kemp.

So far, at least five district residents have said they plan to run for the seat covering parts of Cherokee, Forsyth and Fulton counties.

On Saturday, Meagan Biello, Nate Cochran, Jeff Duncan and Sam Moore spoke before the Cherokee County Republican Party and announced they would be running.

Another resident, Francis Parmar, said he would be running Sunday.

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

Cochran is an attorney in

Canton.

Moore is a long-time Cherokee resident who says he is working to start a small business.

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

Authority.

Parmar is a former accountant and resident Woodstock. He previously ran against Chip Rogers in 2008 for the District 21 seat in the state Senate.

With five candidates announcing so far and still time for more to jump into the field, some are foreseeing a possible runoff election if none of the candidates can pull in more than half the votes.

Cherokee County’s elections supervisor Janet Munda said Tuesday a runoff was “more than likely.”

“Anytime there are more than two candidates, you plan for that possibility,” Munda said.

On Saturday, when there were just four candidates in the field, Cherokee GOP Chair Rick Davies said he could “almost guarantee” a runoff.

Davies said Tuesday five candidates would make the chances even stronger.

“With additional candidates joining the race,” Davies said, “the likelihood for a runoff increases and would, with more than four candidates, most certainly result in a runoff election.”

If the need for a runoff does come up, it would be Feb. 4, Whitlock said.

The election will be non-partisan, Whitlock added, though the party affiliations, if any, of the candidates will be listed on the ballot.

Qualifying will be at the Secretary of State’s Office in Atlanta on Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 19 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Nov. 20 from 8 a.m. until noon.

Voters must be registered to vote by Dec. 9 to participate in the Jan. 7 special election, Whitlock said.

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