Filing deadline approaches in special election for Georgia’s 5th Congressional District

Candidates interested in running in the special election for Georgia’s 5th Congressional District have until July 31 to file. The special general election is scheduled for September 29, 2020.

If no candidate receives a majority of the vote in the general election, the top two vote-getters will advance to a general runoff election. The runoff (if needed) is scheduled for December 1, 2020.

The special election was called after John Lewis (D) passed away on July 17, 2020. John Lewis served in the seat from 1987 until his death.

The seat is also up in a regular election scheduled for November 3, 2020. The Georgia Democratic Party nominated state Senator Nikema Williams to replace Lewis on the general election ballot. Williams will face Angela Stanton King (R) on November 3.

Georgia’s delegation to the U.S. House includes four Democrats, nine Republicans, and one vacancy.

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