Columbus just got another special election for this fall.
Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue today issued a writ of special election for Nov. 3 to fill the House District 129 seat from which Vance Smith of Pine Mountain resigned to become the state's Department of Transportation commissioner.
That district includes most of Harris County and parts of Muscogee and Troup counties. The dates for candidates to qualify will be set by the Georgia Secretary of State's office.
It will be Columbus' second special election this year, following a school sales tax referendum set for Sept. 15. Absentee voting for that election already is under way.
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Of the prospective candidates who previously expressed an interest in running, Columbus residents Jerry Luquire and Kip Smith, Vance Smith's son, said they are still in the race. Earl Davis and Steve Earles of Harris County said they are, too. Colin Martin of Columbus said he is considering running.