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11 May 2010

Secretary of State: Special Democratic Primary To Be Held For Levitas Seat

Last week, Rep. Kevin Levitas (D - Atlanta) surprised many when he abruptly withdrew his name from the ballot in the 82nd state House District. Since Levitas was unopposed in both the Democratic primary and the November general election, his withdrawal left the seat vacant.

Since dropping out of the race, political observers have speculated how the vacant seat might be filled. Secretary of State Brian Kemp ended that speculation today with the following announcement:

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced today that he will call a special primary election to fill the Democratic nomination for State House District 82 upon the withdrawal of State Rep. Kevin Levitas.

Since no Republican candidate qualified for State House District 82, there will be no Republican primary for this seat. Accordingly, the special primary election will be held only for the Democratic nomination as provided for in the law. The special primary election for the Democratic nomination will be held on Tuesday, July 20, 2010. A run-off election, if needed, will be held on Tuesday, August 10, 2010. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 20, 2010.

Secretary Kemp set the candidate qualifying dates for State House District 82 as Monday, May 17 through Wednesday, May 19, 2010. Qualifying on Monday will run from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.; on Tuesday from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.; and on Wednesday from 8 a.m. until 12 noon.

Qualifying will be held in the Elections Division of the Office of Secretary of State, 1104 West Tower, 2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, SE, Atlanta, Georgia 30334-1505. The qualifying fee is $400.00.