Special elections set next month for two legislative seats

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Special elections will be held July 19 to replace two Bibb County legislators, Sen. Robert Brown (D-Macon) and Rep. David Lucas (D-Macon).

Gov. Nathan Deal ordered the balloting to be held on that day so that it would coincide with primary elections already scheduled for July 19 in the Macon mayor’s race. A runoff in either race, if necessary, will be held Aug. 16.

Brown, a member of the state Senate for nearly two decades, qualified Thursday to run in the Democratic primary for mayor of Macon against incumbent Mayor Robert Reichert and former mayor Jack Ellis. Brown’s qualifying, under state election law, automatically vacated his Senate seat.

Lucas, a member of the Georgia House since 1975, plans to run for Brown’s Senate seat, which means a special election had to be called to replace Lucas in the House.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced Friday that qualifying for the two legislative elections will begin at 9 a.m. next Wednesday, June 15, and end at 12 noon on Friday, June 17.

Lucas is expected to face Macon City Council President Miriam Paris in the special election to replace Brown in the Senate. James Beverly, a Macon optometrist, has said he will run for Lucas’ old House seat.

© 2011 by The Georgia Report

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