Democrats get another shot to fill a state House seat

Secretary of State Brian Kemp has charted a path to address the unusual situation caused by the withdrawal of Democratic incumbent Kevin Levitas of Atlanta from the District 82 state House seat.

Kemp will give Democrats another chance to find a candidate, but not the GOP – since Republicans had put up no candidate when qualifying ended on April 30.

Levitas’ decision to resign came days later.

Democratic qualifying for the state will start Monday and end Wednesday. Officially, Kemp has declared a special primary for July 20 – that’s the day of the general primary.

A runoff date has been set for Aug. 10.

Tom Baxter over at InsiderAdvantage says Scott Holcomb, a 2006 candidate for secretary of state, “appears to have emerged as the leading” candidate to replace Levitas.

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6 comments Add your comment

AngryVoter

May 11th, 2010
3:59 pm

Can someone please let us know how much we are paying for this do-over? And why we have to pay for this do-over?

Lois Reitzes Stole My Breeze Card

May 11th, 2010
4:02 pm

Somebody wake-up Griftdrift. He said he was gonna run in the 82nd. So it was 3am at Moe’s and Joe’s when he Tweeted that, but what the hay!

sm

May 11th, 2010
4:14 pm

angry voter. Pretty much nothing. The parties themselves pay for qualifying and the state gets a cut. So, now, the state will actually get more money. Stop being stupid.

Jim

May 11th, 2010
4:17 pm

Jim

It is a state house seat, as there are only 56 state senate seats.

AngryVoter

May 11th, 2010
6:48 pm

sm – actually, now that I reread the original post I realize that the two elections are being held on the same day. Sorry about the confusion.

Juanx

May 12th, 2010
1:01 am

Kemp will give Democrats another chance to find a candidate, but not the GOP – since Republicans had put up no candidate when qualifying ended on April 30.