Two State House seats are up for grabs in Tuesday’s runoffs

[private]Two legislative seats that were vacated this year by influential Georgia lawmakers will be filled again after Tuesday runoff elections.

In House District 146, located within Houston County south of Macon, voters will pick the replacement for Larry O’Neal, who stepped down as House majority leader to become a state tax judge.

Shaw Blackmon, a Warner Robins businessman, finished first in the July 14 balloting, 338 votes ahead of Larry Walker III, a Perry insurance agent and the son of former House majority leader Larry Walker, who currently sits on the Board of Regents.

Blackmon and Walker are both Republicans, as is O’Neal.

In House District 155, which sprawls across five counties in South Georgia, Jay Roberts opened up the seat after leaving the Legislature to be appointed planning director of the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Clay Pirkle, a Sycamore farmer who drew nearly 37 percent of the vote on July 14, is running against Horace Hudgins, the former mayor Ocilla, who pulled 32 percent support in a four-candidate race. Both candidates are Republicans.

A third special election on Tuesday will decide the replacement for Mike Jacobs in DeKalb County’s House District 80: Republican J. Max Davis or Democrat Taylor Bennett.

Tuesday’s voting won’t be the last special elections held this year.

Ben Harbin of Columbia County resigned from his House District 122 seat in July to go to work for a public affairs firm, while Ron Ramsey gave up his Senate District 43 seat in DeKalb County to accept a traffic court judgeship.

Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to issue a call in September for special elections that would be held Nov. 3 in conjunction with previously scheduled municipal elections.

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