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02 February 2010

Three Republicans Qualify For Former House Speaker's Seat

Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced Monday that three candidates --Republicans J. Cash, Ronny Sibley and Daniel Stout-- qualified to run for the state House seat formerly held by House Speaker Glenn Richardson.

Richardson resigned the seat in January after details of his affair with a lobbyist were revealed by the press.

The special election to fill the remainder of Richardson's term is scheduled for Tuesday, February 23rd. A run-off election, if needed, will be held on Tuesday, March 23rd.

The winner of this special election isn't likely to be seated until the end of the 2010 legislative session. Then, the newly-elected state representative from the 19th district must turn right around and run for a full two-year term in the November General Election.

So let's just call a spade a spade.

The campaign in Georgia's 19th state House district is essentially an election to see which candidate will have the word "incumbent" listed next to their name in November.