Elly Dobbs, Others Retire from State House

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Numerous retirements were announced yesterday at the Georgia House of Representatives.

State Rep. Elly Dobbs (D-Atlanta) had been redistricted into a district with State Rep. Sheila Jones (D-Atlanta), which would have forced the two to run against each other.

State Rep. Sistie Hudson (D-Sparta), who had been redistricted into a district with State Rep. Mack Jackson (D-Sandersville), also announced her resignation.  Hudson is running for the Board of Commissioners of Hancock County.

As previously reported by Atlanta Progressive News, State Rep. Stephanie Benfield (D-Decatur), who had been redistricted to run against State Rep. Howard Mosby (D-Atlanta), has also announced her resignation.  Benfield is going to work as the new Executive Director of GreenLaw.

In addition, State Rep. Roberta Abdul-Salaam (D-Clayton) has announced her resignation.  She is challenging Eldrin Bell, Chairman of Clayton County.

State Rep. Joe Heckstall (D-East Point) also announced his resignation.

State Rep. Roger Lane (R-Darien) is among several Republicans who are resigning.  Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed Lane a Superior Court Judge in the Brunswick Judicial Curcuit.  Lane is replacing former Chief Judge Amanda Williams, who resigned in the face of an ethics investigation by the Judicial Qualifications Commission.

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