Republican Kathy Eichenblatt (www.kathycanfor.us) joins four other Republicans and three Democrats, none of whom has held political office, on a single ballot in the 6th District special election for the state Senate:
- Leah Aldridge, Republican, lawyer and breast-feeding consultant, leahforgeorgia.com — She and her husband, Gee, have three children at the Westminster Schools and attend Peachtree Presbyterian Church. Addressing the problem of soaring property tax bills is her priority.
- Matt Bentley, Republican, lawyer, www.votemattbentley.com — He and his wife, Kelsey, have two rescue dogs and attend the Church of the Apostles, and he works in a Marietta law firm with his father and grandfather. He wants to eliminate the state income tax.
- Charlie Fiveash, Republican, commercial real estate developer, www.charliefiveash.com — He and his wife, Lang, have three children, and he has been a Sunday school teacher at Northside Methodist Church and a vestry member at the Church of the Apostles. He wants to cut taxes and regulations.
- Jaha Howard, Democrat, pediatric dentist, www.jahahoward.com — The owner of A+ Pediatric Dentistry and his wife, Vanessa, have three children and worship at West End Church of Christ. He received more than 48 percent of the votes against 6th District Sen. Hunter Hill in 2016 and has the endorsement of former Gov. Roy Barnes, a fellow Democrat.
- Jen Jordan, Democrat, lawyer, jen4ga.com — She and her husband, Lawton, have two children. After bringing a data-breach lawsuit against Secretary of State Brian Kemp in 2015, she vows to stand up to President Donald Trump.
- Leo Smith, Republican, business and political consultant, leosmithforsenate.com — He and his wife, Andrea, have two children and attend Mount Paran Church. He wants to eliminate the state income tax and increase teacher pay and school choice.
- Taos Wynn, Democrat, nonprofit executive, www.taoswynn.com — After working in the nonprofit sector, he founded his own nonprofit, the Perfect Love Foundation. He wants to lower taxes, raise teacher pay and increase bipartisan cooperation.
If no one wins a majority Tuesday, Nov. 7, the top two finishers, regardless of party, will run off four weeks later.
In addition to their websites, a good source for information about most of the candidates is Reporter Newspapers’ voters guide (www.reporternewspapers.net/2017/09/29/voters-guide-state-senate-district-6-candidates). Ballotpedia has history and other details about the district, which stretches across Buckhead, Sandy Springs and southeast Cobb County (ballotpedia.org/Georgia_State_Senate_District_6).