Four candidates are now officially in the running to represent District 71 in the Georgia House of Representatives.
Thursday was the second day of candidate qualifying, and Republicans Nina Blackwelder and Marcy Sakrison, along with Democrat Jill Prouty, qualified Thursday. Republican Philip Singleton qualified Wednesday. Sam Anders, who had been running for the seat, decided to withdraw and support Sakrison, according to a press release sent Wednesday by Sakrison’s campaign.
Qualifying ends today at 1 p.m.
The seat will be filled in a special election Sept. 3. If a runoff is needed, it will be held Oct. 1. Early voting in the race will likely begin Aug. 12.
The vacancy is the result of the resignation of Rep. David Stover, who was first elected to the HD 71 seat in 2013.
District 71 encompasses most of the eastern half of Coweta County, except for the Senoia and Haralson areas, as well as a section west of U.S. 29 between Palmetto and Madras. It also includes a sliver of Fayette County in the Kedron area of Peachtree City.
You can view a detailed map of the district at http://www.house.ga.gov/mediaservices/Documents/Maps/2015HD071.pdf .
Voters who have recently moved into the district and need to register to vote or change their address, as well as other Cowetans who need to register to vote, have until Aug. 5 to register and be eligible to vote in the special election and runoff.