Governor sets date for special election to replace Norwood

February 22, 2007

It's official.

The 10th District Congressional Special Election to replace the late Charlie Norwood is Tuesday, June 19.

Gov. Sonny Perdue signed the order this morning, and now it's in the hands of the state Elections department.

Congressman Norwood died nine days ago, with nearly two full years left on his term.

The latest candidate in the race is Athens doctor Paul Broun, Jr.

"I'm going to represent everyone, poor to the most privileged, and certainly those people in between who are not being serviced by government, and being basically ignored," Dr. Broun said.

Also in the race so far are state Senators Ralph Hudgens and Jim Whitehead, both Republicans, and Democrat Terry Holley from Columbia County.

The election is officially nonpartisan, open to all in the district.

It's likely the governor picked June 19 because the legislative session will be over by then, and those now in Atlanta won't have to resign to run.

However, there will also have to be special elections to replace them when they do run.

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