Early voting to fill Rep. Calvin Hill’s seat starts Mon.
by Joshua Sharpe
December 14, 2013 11:30 PM | 1642 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Early voting kicks off Monday for the Jan. 7 special election to replace the late state Rep. Calvin Hill (R-Canton) in the Georgia House of Representatives.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m., voters can make their pick of the four candidates going after the District 22 seat, which was left vacant by Hill’s death in October, according to the Cherokee County Elections Office.

Sam Moore, Jeff Duncan, Nate Cochran and Meagan Biello, all Republicans from Cherokee County, are squaring off for the seat covering parts of Cherokee, Forsyth and Fulton counties. But with four candidates on the ballot, officials have said a runoff election is likely.

There will also be only one race on the ballot for the special election, and as a result, turnout isn’t expected to be very strong, said Janet Munda, Cherokee County elections supervisor.

“I think it will be a lower turnout (than the Nov. 5 election),” Munda said. “I think what drove not a great turnout but a higher turnout was the city of Canton elections.”

Should a runoff result, it would be Feb. 4, according to the elections office.

Moore, 37, lives in the Macedonia community and says he is in the

With the special process of opening a small business.

Duncan, 52, of Ball Ground, was recently added to the Cherokee Resource Recovery Development and is the former Cherokee GOP chair.

Cochran, 37, lives in the Free Home community and runs a law office 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 the special election Jan. 7, January will be the third month in a row with an election in Cherokee County, thanks to the Nov. 5 election and the Dec. 3 runoff that resulted.

Munda said it’s taking a toll on election workers.

“It is just one election after the other,” she said. “There’s not a whole lot of breathing room. But we’re handling it, and on top of that, we’re also getting ready for the May election.”

Early voting for the Jan. 7 special election will be held at the Cherokee County Elections Office in Canton on:

► Dec. 16-20, 23, 27: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m

► Dec. 28: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

► Dec. 30-31: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

► Jan. 2-3: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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