Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp has announced qualifying dates for candidates seeking a state Senate seat in west Georgia. Kemp says qualifying for the Nov. 8 election to fill Senate district 28 will open at 9 o'clock Tuesday morning and close at noon Wednesday.
Gov. Nathan Deal has promoted Deputy State Treasurer Steve McCoy to the top post and appointed a state senator to replace him. McCoy replaces Tommy Hills, who announced his retirement last month. Republican Sen. Mitch Seabaugh of Sharpsburg will succeed McCoy. Seabaugh was first elected to the state Senate in 2000 and served most recently as the Senate's redistricting committee chairman.