Political Notes — Three candidates running for Duncan’s House seat

[private]Qualifying closed Friday for the Georgia House District 26 seat vacated Geoff Duncan with three candidates signing up to run in the Nov. 7 special election.

Duncan, a Republican, recently resigned the seat to run fulltime for lieutenant governor. Two Republicans will attempt to replace him: Marc Morris, a Cumming business owner, and Tina Trent, a political writer.

Although it’s one of the reddest legislative districts in Georgia, if not the country, the House District 26 race also attracted a Democratic candidate: Steve Smith, a Cumming retail manager.

Qualifying will be held early next week to fill two other legislative seats: House District 4, where Bruce Broadrick resigned for health reasons, and House District 60, where Keisha Waites quit to run for the Fulton County Commission.

Qualifying will be held all day on Monday and Tuesday and until 1 p.m. on Wednesday. Those two seats will also be filled in a Nov. 7 special election.

Carr hits sanctuary cities

Attorney General Chris Carr has joined a seven-state coalition that is leveling a legal attack against sanctuary cities that don’t cooperate with federal deportation orders.

“We joined this multistate coalition because we believe sanctuary jurisdictions — cities and localities that prohibit or otherwise obstruct cooperation between federal and local officials on immigration enforcement — defy the rule of law and deprive law enforcement of the tools necessary for effective civil and criminal enforcement,” Carr said.

Carr signed on to an amicus brief that supports the stay of an injunction blocking a Texas law that requires local entities and officials not to interfere with federal immigration enforcement.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry filed this week’s brief with Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Missouri, Oklahoma and South Carolina.

McIntosh County on the docket

The State Board of Education will hold a hearing at 1 p.m. Thursday to determine whether the McIntosh County school board should be suspended.

McIntosh got in trouble with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and its accreditation rules related to school board governance. John Barge, the former state school superintendent, is the current superintendent of the McIntosh school system.

Evans nominated

Longtime Republican Party activist J. Randolph “Randy” Evans has been nominated by the Trump adiministration as the new ambassador to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, one of Europe’s smallest principalities.

Evans, formerly legal counsel to the state Republican Party, is currently a partner in the Atlanta office of the Dentons law firm. At one time, he represented two former speakers of the U.S. House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich and Dennis Hastert.

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Tags: Chris Carr , McIntosh County school board , Randy Evans , sanctuary cities , special legislative elections