The special elections to fill the unexpired seats of two local state senators who resigned in August to run for higher office have been set.

District 6 State Sen. Hunter Hill, R-Smyrna, stepped down to run for governor, and District 39 State Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta, exited his post to run for Atlanta mayor. Both have been campaigning for those positions for months.

According to a set of news releases posted to the secretary of state’s website earlier this week, the special election for both Senate seats will take place Nov. 7, the same day as the 2017 city elections in metro Atlanta and across the state. District 6 includes Vinings and parts of Buckhead and Sandy Springs, and District 39 includes part of Buckhead. A runoff in either race, if needed, will be Dec. 5.

Qualifying for both special elections will take place Sept. 11 and 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The qualifying fee is $400. Oct. 10 is the last day to register to vote in this election, and advance voting begins Oct. 16.

A special election to fill the unexpired term of Fulton County Board of Commissioners Chair John Eaves, who resigned in July to run for Atlanta mayor, also will take place Nov. 7.


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