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Special elections set for Georgia House seat, prosecutor

December 16, 2020 GMT

ATLANTA (AP) — Special elections have been set to fill a vacant Georgia House seat and a vacant district attorney’s post.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced Wednesday that a special Democratic primary for House District 90, which includes parts of DeKalb, Henry and Rockdale counties, will be held Feb. 9. A runoff will be held March 9 if needed.

Voters in Fayette, Pike, Spalding and Upson counties, meanwhile, will choose a new chief prosecutor. That special election is also set for Feb. 9, with a runoff on March 9 if needed. Former District Attorney Ben Coker was appointed a superior court judge by Gov. Brian Kemp.

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Qualifying for both posts began Wednesday and ends at 1 p.m. Friday. The last day to register to vote for the elections is Jan. 11. Early in-person absentee voting begins Jan. 18

House District 90 had been represented since 2005 by Democrat Pam Stephenson, who resigned in September. Because Stephenson won the Democratic primary and faced no opposition in the general election, only a Democratic primary will be held to fill the vacancy.

Stephenson’s daughter, Taurean Stephenson, sent an email to House Speaker David Ralston’s office announcing her mother’s resignation. Taurean Stephenson said she was acting in her mother’s place using a power of attorney. Stephenson’s law license was suspended last year following a 2018 trial after which prosecutors agreed the defendant hadn’t received a fair trial because Stephenson mounted little defense on behalf of her client.