On Thursday, Governor Deal announced two appointments, including naming State Rep. Dusty Hightower as a Superior Court judge in the Coweta Circuit. Today, Tim Bearden, who held the seat prior to Hightower, announced he will try to replace him at the Gold Dome.
Bearden represented the 68th district from 2005-2011, when he was appointed by Governor Deal to the position of Director of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center. After several years, he left that position. Georgia code states that a special election may be, but doesn’t have to be, called by the governor because the legislature is not expected to meet again for the remainder of Hightower’s term. It’s too late to place Bearden or any other possible candidate’s name on the ballot for the May 24th primary election.
My guess is that there will be special primary elections called to determine who will appear on the November ballot, but I’m not an election lawyer. If anyone knows better, tell us in the comments.