State House District 26 debate set for Wednesday

A candidate debate for State House District 26 is scheduled for Wednesday night at the Forsyth County Administration Building.

The event, cosponsored by the Forsyth County Tea Party and the United Tea Party of Georgia, will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 201 of the administration building, 110 E Main St., Cumming.

All candidates have been invited to attend.

As of press time, Republican Tina Trent, a political organizer, consultant and writer, and Democrat Steve Smith, a retail manager, had confirmed their attendance. Republican Marc Morris, a Navy veteran and president of the Talmadge Group, had not confirmed.

The election will be held on Nov. 7, and in-person absentee voting began Oct. 16. If no candidate receives 50 percent of the vote plus one vote, a runoff election will be held on Dec. 5. 

The special election is to fill the seat of former District 26 state Rep. Geoff Duncan, who announced in August he would step down from the seat he was first elected to in 2012 to focus on his campaign for lieutenant governor.

His term was set to expire at the end of 2018, and he was already not seeking re-election next year as state rules only allow candidates to declare for one position. Duncan’s replacement would serve the remainder of his term and will be up for re-election next year.

Terms for state representatives are two years.

The first week of advance voting for the race was held 8 a.m. to 5p.m. this week at the Forsyth County Administration building. Hours and locations will remain the same for the coming week. 

Starting Saturday, Oct. 28 and continuing the following week, Oct. 30-Nov. 3, voting will be open at Hampton Park Library, along with the administration building. Saturday voting will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and voting hours for the final week will remain 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

The election is being held at the same time as city of Cumming elections for mayor and two city council spots. There is no overlap in voters between District 26 and the city elections, and all city voting will be done at Cumming City Hall. 

For more information, visit the Forsyth County Tea Party’s Facebook page or email chairman@forsythteaparty.com.