Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp has scheduled qualifying for candidates to formally enter the state Senate District 21 race to replace former Sen. Chip Rogers, (R-Woodstock), who resigned to work for Georgia Public Broadcasting.
Qualifying will begin Monday Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will continue from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 11 and from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesday Dec. 12.
Qualifying will take place at the Elections Division of the Office of Secretary of State, 802 West Tower, 2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive Southeast in Atlanta. The fee to qualify for both seats is $400.
Polls for the race will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, and voters who wish to cast ballots in the special election must register by the close of business day on Tuesday Dec. 11.
All persons who are not registered to vote and who desire to vote in the special election must register to vote before the end of the business day on Tuesday, Dec. 11. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013.
A run-off election, if needed, is also scheduled for Tuesday Feb. 5, 2013.
Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Brandon Beach of Alpharetta, announced his plans to run for the Senate District 21 seat late Wednesday evening.
State Rep. Sean Jerguson, who serves in House District 21 in Cherokee County, on Wednesday declared his candidacy for the Senate seat. Jerguson has to formally resign his House seat before he can qualify for the Senate race.
That creates the need for another election, and the Secretary of State's office scheduled the House District 21 special election also on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013.
So far, Holly Springs resident Scot Turner has announced his intentions to run for the state House seat, which is currently held by Jerguson.