Four from Cherokee qualify for Hill’s seat; election to be Jan. 7
by Joshua Sharpe
November 21, 2013 12:01 AM | 2268 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Four candidates, all from Cherokee County, will be squaring off in the Jan. 7 special election to replace the late state Rep. Calvin Hill (R-Canton) in the Georgia House of Representatives.

As qualifying came to a close Wednesday, Sam Moore, Jeff Duncan, Nate Cochran and Meagan Biello had signed on to go after the District 22 seat left vacant after Hill’s late-October death from leukemia, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office.

Although District 22 seat covers parts of Cherokee, Fulton and Forsyth counties, all four candidates are from Cherokee County.

Moore, 37, lives in the Macedonia community and says he is the process of opening a small business.

Duncan, 52, of Ball Ground, is a recent addition to the Cherokee Resource Recovery Development and the former Cherokee GOP chair.

Cochran, 37, lives in the Free Home community and runs a law practice in downtown Canton.

Biello is a 31-year-old Ball Ground resident who teaches at Creekview High School and is the daughter-in-law of former Cherokee County Commissioner J.J. Biello.

With four candidates in the race, officials have said the chance of a runoff is greater than normal, as pulling in more than half the votes is a much more difficult task in a field of that size. If there is a need for a runoff, it would be Feb. 4.

The race is non-partisan with no party primaries, but candidates are asked by the Secretary of State’s Office what, if any, party affiliations they have upon qualifying. All four candidates going after the seat signed on as Republicans, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

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

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