Special Election February 07, 2012 – House 60 and 107

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A Special Election will be held on February 07, 2012, in House Districts 60 and 107.

“The elections are non-partisan special elections with no party primaries. However, each candidate’s party affiliation, if any, will be listed on the ballot,” according to Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office.

HD 60 covers parts of Clayton, DeKalb, and Fulton Counties.  State Rep. Gloria Tinubu has resigned to run for US Congress in South Carolina.  According to the Sun News of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Tinubu has joined a crowded race for a newly created 7th Congressional District of South Carolina.  Fifteen people total are running for the 7th.

Weird thing.  Tinubu used to serve on the City Council of Atlanta.  Councilwoman Felicia Moore (District 9) used to work for her.  She ran for Mayor and lost.  She also served on the Board of Directors of the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless and at some point resigned.

Then, after years of being absent from politics, she ran for House District 60, which was vacated in 2010 by Georgeanna Sinkfield.  Sinkfield won the Democratic nomination for Secretary of State in 2010 but lost in the General Election.  Sinkfield had entered the race at the last minute, creating an opening for HD 60 at the last minute, which allowed Tinubu to be the only one who qualified.  Some believed it was a set-up to hand the seat to Tinubu.

Now, for Tinubu to resign from a State House seat after only serving one year, to go run for US Congress in South Carolina, is outrageous.  At the moment, we know of no one running for the seat.

As for HD 107, it covers parts of Gwinnett and Walton Counties.  Tom Kirby, Mark Banks, and Paul Smith have thus far announced, according to the Walton Tribune newspaper.

State Rep. Len Walker, who served for seventeen years, retired to take a pastoral position out of state, the Tribune reported.

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