Friday, Feb. 24, is the final day for candidates to qualify for the special election for Georgia Senate District 32, the seat Judson Hill resigned to run for Congress.
The elections for the 6th Congressional District, open after Tom Price resigned to become U.S. health and human services secretary, and the state Senate seat will be April 18. In each election, all candidates, regardless of party, will appear on the same ballot, and if no one wins a majority, the top two vote-getters will advance to a runoff June 20.
The 32nd District consists mostly of East Cobb with a slice of western Sandy Springs and has a significant Jewish population. Hill, a Republican, was Israel’s most active advocate in the General Assembly, including pushing through anti-BDS legislation last year, and was honored by the Israeli Consulate General a decade ago.
In the first two days of qualifying for the Senate seat, four Republicans and one Democrat have paid $400 each to be on the ballot:
- Hamilton Matthew Beck of East Cobb, a Republican who lists himself as a consultant in his filing for the ballot.
- Matt Campbell of northeast Cobb, just west of Roswell, a Republican who, according to his LinkedIn page, is a railroad conductor for CSX and a lobbyist at the state legislature for his union, SMART Transportation Division. He is a member of North Point Community Church.
- Roy Daniels of East Cobb, a Republican who is a neuroradiologist and a financial adviser. He is a member of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church.
- Exton Howard of East Cobb, a Democrat who works as a television director for the Weather Channel.
- Kay Kirkpatrick of East Cobb, a Republican who was an orthopedic surgeon and the president of Resurgens Orthopaedics.
- Gus Makris of East Cobb, a Republican who is a tax lawyer with Turner Broadcasting. He attends Holy Spirit Catholic Church and is a member of AIPAC.
- Christine Triebsch of Cobb County, a Democrat who has her own family law practice in downtown Marietta.
- Bob Wiskind of Sandy Springs, a Democrat who is a pediatrician. Like Kirkpatrick, he is a physician married to a physician.
Beck, Howard and Triebsch qualified Friday before the 1 p.m. deadline. Wiskind and Campbell joined the race Thursday. Daniels, Kirkpatrick and Makris filed Wednesday, the day qualifying began.