Tuesday may not have seemed like an election day, but voters across the state filled local offices and three vacant General Assembly seats. Northwest Georgia insurance agent and entrepreneur Bruce Thompson, former Gwinnett County prosecutor Chuck Efstration and retired Army lieutenant Brian Prince secured seats in the state legislature.
Three special elections Tuesday for Georgia’s General Assembly head to runoffs next month after no candidate won more than 50 percent of the votes. A fourth race included just one candidate. He wins by default.
State Senator Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, is considering drafting legislation that would require members of the General Assembly to pay for special elections if they resign to run for higher office. Officials say special elections cost anywhere from $20,000 to $60,000.
Two state Senate seats and one state House seat are vacant in the Georgia General Assembly as a result of resignations last month. Polls are open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters in Senate District 30 will complete the special election process, choosing between James Camp and Mike Dugan.
The deadline is approaching for candidates who want to run for an open state Senate seat in western Georgia. Residents intending to run for the seat previously held by state Sen. William Hamrick must qualify for the special primary by noon Friday.