Jan. 5 – Georgia State Senate 22 and House 122 (Augusta)
In the wake of the appointment of Democratic Senator Ed Tarver to be US Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, two special elections will be held in Augusta area. One is to fill his seat and the other is to fill the House seat of Democrat Hardie Davis, who resigned to run for Tarver’s Senate seat.
Unfortunately, only the Senate race will have any action. Only one candidate qualified for the ballot in the House race and will be formally elected on January 5.
Augusta is the famed home of the Professional Golf Association’s Masters tournament and has a population of 195,000 people.
In the State Senate race, there are four candidates, three Democrats and a Libertarian. Hardie Davis has served in the legislature since 2006. The Senior Pastor at Abundant Life Worship Center, he also has a background in electrical engineering. To learn more, click here.
Fellow Democrat and Richmond County Solicitor Harold Jones is also looking to fill this vacant seat. As Solicitor, he is responsible for prosecuting all misdemeanor offenses in the city. He was the first African-American elected to this position in Richmond County.
Sandra Suetta Cannon Scott is the third Democrat running for election in this race. A political novice, Scott is a professional musician and an adjunct professor of music at Aiken Technical College.
Libertarian candidate Taylor Bryant is the third candidate in the race and while he acknowledges that he starts as an underdog, he feels that he win. Spokesman of the Georgia Libertarian party, he is also an auto technician. To learn more, click here.
In the 122nd House District, only one Democrat, Earnie Smith qualified for the ballot. Smith is currently an energy consultant for Savannah River Nuclear Solutions and served on the Augusta Aviation Commission.