Fulton County has set the date for the special election to replace District 6 Commissioner Emma Darnell, who died of an undisclosed illness May 5. The county also announced the dates for qualifying and the qualifying fee, which will be $1,050.

“While it will be impossible to replace the late Commissioner Darnell, it is important to hold the election to fill the District 6 seat at the earliest opportunity, and I fully expect that an array of candidates will be interested,” said Fulton County Board of Commissioners’ Chairman Robb Pitts. “Until the time that a new commissioner is elected, it will be my responsibility, along with the late commissioner’s staff, to ensure that District 6 continues to be represented.”

At its May 15 recess meeting at Assembly Hall in downtown Atlanta, the Fulton Board of Commissioners, in accordance with Georgia law, voted to approve the special election date as Sept. 17, with a runoff, if necessary, scheduled for Oct. 15. The board also approved the qualifying dates as June 24 through 28. Qualifying will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. the first four days and then from 9 a.m. to noon the final day.

During qualifying week, District 6 residents interested in running for the seat are encouraged to visit the Fulton Department of Registration and Elections’ office at the Fulton County Government Center, Public Safety Building, 130 Peachtree St. SW, Suite 2186 in downtown Atlanta to complete the paperwork and pay the fee.

For more information about the special election, visit www.fultonelections.com or call 404-612-7020.

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