Qualifying begins today (Monday) for a special election to fill a vacant seat once held by Representative Quincy Murphy. He died last month after a battle with cancer.
Potential candidates have until Wednesday to qualify for Georgia House District 127, and then it's up to voters to choose someone to represent parts of Richmond and Jefferson County. So far, 3 people have thrown their names into the ring for Murphy's seat. Those who are running include Dr. Diane Evans, a minister and secretary of the Georgia Association of Democratic County Chairs. Evans says she wants to bring jobs to the area and provide a voice for those who are often ignored.
Quincy Murphy's widow, Diane, is also running to fill her husband's unexpired term, as well as Brian Prince. We spoke with the Democratic party chair who says each candidate's platform will be important in determining a front-runner.
"I'm very interested in learning about their program," said Lowell Greenbaum, Richmond County Democratic Party Chair. "What is their program that they plan for us and our community? That's the important thing."
"This seat represents an individual who will fight the Republicans in the state legislature who wish to, as I think about it, suppress the vote and situations like that," said Greenbaum.
Qualifying ends Wednesday, September 18th. The special election will be held Tuesday, November 5th.
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