Three qualify for February special election to fill late senator’s seat

    A memorial to the late state Sen. Greg Kirk sits on his old desk in the Senate chamber Wednesday. Three people qualified for a February special election to represent the south Georgia district. John McCosh/Georgia Recorder

    Three candidates will appear on the ballot in the special election called after the death of a south Georgia state senator.

    Carden Summers of Cordele and Jim Quinn of Leesburg will run as Republicans, and Mary Egler of Leesburg is the lone Democrat in the special contest set for Feb. 4, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office website.

    The trio will compete to replace the late state Sen. Greg Kirk, who died just days before Christmas after a six-month battle with bile duct cancer. The conservative district is expected to stay in Republican hands.

    All the candidates will be familiar to voters after past campaigns for public office, with Quinn and Egler running in last year’s special election to replace former state Rep. Ed Rynders.

    Quinn narrowly lost a runoff held in December, with him trailing the winner, Bill Yearta, by just 117 votes.

    If needed, a runoff will be held March 3. Thursday, Jan. 9 is the last day to register to vote.

    Jill Nolin
    Jill Nolin has spent nearly 15 years reporting on state and local government in four states, focusing on policy and political stories and tracking public spending. She has spent the last five years chasing stories in the halls of Georgia’s Gold Dome, earning recognition for her work showing the impact of rising opioid addiction on the state’s rural communities. She is a graduate of Troy University.