Three more candidates qualified Feb. 15 during the final day of qualifying for the special election to fill the seat vacated by District 6 U.S. Rep. Tom Price, M.D., R-Roswell, who last week was confirmed as the new secretary of health and human services. That brings the total number of candidates to a whopping 18.

Qualifying for the April 18 election started Feb. 13. Though the election is nonpartisan, all of the candidates qualifying identified what party they are affiliated with when they filed their paperwork. The candidates qualifying Feb. 15 are: two Republicans – former Secretary of State Karen Handel and political activist Amy Kremer – and one independent – computer systems engineer Andre Pollard.

Those qualifying Feb. 14 are: Three Democrats - sales senior manager Ragin Edwards; college professor Richard Keatley, Ph.D.; Rebecca Quigg, M.D. – and four Republicans – business executive David Abroms, technology executive Bob Gray, entrepreneur Bruce LeVell, entrepreneur Kurt Wilson – each qualified Feb. 14.

The candidates qualifying Feb. 13 are: two Democrats – investigative film executive Jon Ossoff and former State Rep. Ron Slotin; one independent – filmmaker Alexander Hernandez; five Republicans –Yunus Creative Lab Inc. CEO Mohammad Bhuiyan, Ph.D., pilot Keith Grawert, District 32 State Sen. Judson Hill, and accountant William Llop and former State Sen. Dan Moody.

The qualifying fee is $5,220 and the job has an annual salary of $174,000.

The deadline for voter registration in the special election is March 20 and advance voting will begin March 27. A runoff election, if needed, will be held June 20.

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