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KEMP: FOUR REPUBLICANS, ONE NONPARTISAN CANDIDATE ENTER STATE SENATE DISTRICT 54 RACE


ATLANTA, GEORGIA – Five candidates have qualified for the December 13, 2016 Special Election for State Senate District 54. This week, Secretary of State Brian Kemp hosted qualifying to fill the seat following Governor Deal’s appointment of former state Senator, Charlie Bethel, to Georgia’s Court of Appeals. 

“As shown through his work in the General Assembly, I am confident my friend and colleague, Charlie Bethel, will serve Georgians well on the bench,” stated Secretary Kemp. “This appointment by Governor Deal is a testament to Bethel’s integrity and dedication to public service.”

Qualifying closed at 2 p.m. today. Four Republican candidates – Conda Goodson, Charles “Chuck” Payne, Michelle “Shell” Underwood, and William Vinyard – qualified for the seat. Debby Peppers also qualified as a nonpartisan candidate. Senate District 54 covers Gordon, Murray, Pickens, and Whitfield counties. 

To take part in this contest, eligible Georgia citizens must have registered or already be registered to vote on or before Tuesday, November 15, 2016. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 13, 2016. A run-off election, if needed, will be held on January 10, 2017.

Qualified candidate information can be found on the Secretary of State’s website.

Brian Kemp has been Secretary of State since January 2010. Among the office’s wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting secure, accessible, and fair elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities, charities, and professional license holders.  For more information about the office, go to www.sos.ga.gov or follow Secretary Kemp on FacebookInstagramTwitter, or YouTube.


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