ATLANTA (AP) — The Clayton County Democratic Party has resigned from the Georgia House of Representatives, triggering a special election in March, according to a statement released Monday by Gov. Brian Kemp.
Representative Mike Glanton of Jonesboro served 14 years in the House of Representatives in two separate terms. The army veteran and minister resigned a few days after being sworn in for an eighth term.
Kemp called a special election for March 21. Candidates from all parties will run against each other, with a second round later if no candidate wins a majority. The second round could mean that the district will not be represented in the current session, which is due to end on March 29.
Glanton was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2006 and served two terms before failing to run for the State Senate. Voters chose him to return to the House in 2012, and he has remained a member of that House ever since. Glanton won re-election in November with 89% of the vote. On Tuesday, he did not return a phone call or a Facebook message asking for comment.
Glanton cited the law that brought Clayton County into the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority and the ethics laws that helped the Clayton County school system regain accreditation as his biggest accomplishments.
Three other seats in the House of Representatives and one seat in the Senate are currently vacant in the General Assembly. Voters could fill in all four on January 31, or two contests could go to the second round.
In Senate District 11 in southwest Georgia, former Rep. Sam Watson of Moultrie is running against Democrat Mary Weaver-Anderson and Libertarian John Monds, both from Cairo.
In District 172, Watson’s old seat covering Colquitt and parts of Thomas and Cook counties, Colquitt County Administrator Charles “Chas” Cannon is unopposed as a Republican.
In District 119, which includes most of Barrow County, six Republicans and a Democrat want to succeed Danny Rampi, who left without taking office after being arrested on drug charges and theft.
At District 7 House, which covers Fannin, Gilmer, and parts of Dawson Counties, development leader Sheri Ralston meets fellow Blue Ridge resident and banker Johnny Chastain in the second round. Both are trying to replace Ralston’s late husband, former Speaker of the House David Ralston.
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