Six candidates, three from Cherokee County and three from Bartow, made their candidacy official before qualifying ended Wednesday for the Nov. 5 election to fill Loudermilk’s District 14 seat, said Cody Whitlock, spokesman for the Secretary of State’s Office.
Loudermilk resigned earlier this month to clear the way for his bid for the 11th District congressional seat now held by Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta). The seat covers large parts of Cherokee and Bartow counties and a small piece of north Cobb.
The Cherokee County contenders in the special election are Dwight Pullen, 53, of Canton, Nicole Ebbeskotte, 42, of Woodstock, and Dean Sheridan, 51, of Acworth.
Bartow County is represented by candidates Christopher Nesmith, 42, of Adairsville, Bruce Thompson, 48, of White, and Matt Laughridge, 25, of Cartersville, Whitlock said.
Although the special election will be non-partisan with no party primaries, the candidates gave the Secretary of State’s Office their party affiliation, which will be listed on the ballot in the Nov. 5 race. Whitlock said all the candidates signed on as Republicans, except Nesmith, who is a Democrat.
Considering the crowded pool of six candidates, the possibility of a runoff election is greater in the race for Loudermilk’s seat.
For a runoff to be avoided, one candidate must pull in 50 percent of the votes, plus one vote. If none of the contenders accomplish that feat, a runoff would be scheduled for Dec. 2.
Those wishing to cast their ballots in the race will only have to wait until Oct. 14 when early voting starts. The deadline to register to vote in the election in both early voting or on Election Day, is Oct. 7.