Election to fill 10th seat set for June 19

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Gov. Sonny Perdue on Thursday set the election to fill U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood's post for June 19.

The 10th Congressional District seat was vacated last week with Mr. Norwood's death.

Secretary of State Karen Handel has agreed to set the qualifying date after the General Assembly session concludes.

That would allow state legislators who might run to fulfill their duties in the Assembly and give candidates time to campaign.

If a runoff is required, it would occur four weeks later, July 17.

State Sens. Jim Whitehead, of Evans, and Ralph Hudgens, of Comer, have said they plan to run for the position.

Because they must resign the legislative seats to run for Congress, the special election also would fill those vacancies.

Also on Thursday, Augusta businesswoman and Republican Jackie Poteet, 66, announced her candidacy.

Mrs. Poteet started Apartment Finders in Augusta in 1973 and Marjac Publications in 1979 before branching out to publish apartment guides in the Macon-Warner Robins area and Savannah. She sold her companies to a national concern in 2001.

Mrs. Poteet has never run for public office before, which she says might be a plus.

"We need fresh ideas, new ways of looking at things," she said. "I can do this, I know I can. I enjoy a challenge."

Dr. Paul Broun, a Republican from Athens, and Thomson jeweler Terry Holley, a Democrat, have announced their candidacies.

The June 19 date - more than four months after Mr. Norwood succumbed to cancer - is later than most past special elections.

Mr. Norwood's staff will continue to operate at the Capitol until a successor is chosen.

June 19 is one of four days in the year when cities and counties are allowed to hold municipal elections, so other counties may save additional money by including local votes.

Morris News Service reports were used in this story.

Reach Sylvia Cooper at (706) 823-3228 or sylvia.cooper@augustachronicle.com.

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Dixieman
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Dixieman 02/23/07 - 06:36 am
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So we go unrepresented in

So we go unrepresented in Washington for 4 months, maybe 5 if there is a runoff? BAD IDEA! Let's hold the election ASAP.

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eschamb 02/23/07 - 07:44 am
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How does one qualify for

How does one qualify for running and what is the process?

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mbdawg49 02/23/07 - 09:15 am
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It is stupid to wait this

It is stupid to wait this long to hold this election. This is our govenor playing politics.

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intheknow 02/23/07 - 09:27 am
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Exactly. He wants to make

Exactly. He wants to make sure that it is represented by a Republican as long as possible. Also that means none of those running have to give up their seats in the state government. Can you imagine if a Democratic Governor had done this?

Dixieman
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Dixieman 02/23/07 - 10:01 am
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The Republicans are going to

The Republicans are going to win this district no matter when the election is held, so that has nothing to do with it.

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intheknow 02/23/07 - 10:49 am
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Yeah, Right and there's a

Yeah, Right and there's a bridge over the Civic Center that I would love to sale to you. To tell the truth it does not matter me who wins the seat. But at least I have my eyes open to the truth.

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brandond 02/23/07 - 12:10 pm
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There will be a runoff, so we

There will be a runoff, so we will not have representation in the House for five months.

Gov. Perdue should stop playing politics with our congressional seat.

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000 02/23/07 - 12:22 pm
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10 bucks Ron Cross will throw

10 bucks Ron Cross will throw his hat in for Whiteheads seat if he makes it! That would be a real shocker.

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