Advance voting for Jan. 7 special election starts this week

Candidate forum takes place Dec. 19

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Advance voting for the Jan. 7 special election to fill the vacancy in Georgia House District 22 began Monday, Dec. 16, and will run through Friday, Jan. 3.

The seat became vacant after state Rep. Calvin Hill, 66, died Oct. 30 after battling leukemia.

In Forsyth County, Georgia House District 22 encompasses the entire Brandywine precinct, portions of the Polo precinct, portions of the Midway precinct and all of the former Vickery precinct.

The race includes four Republican contenders from Cherokee County:

Megan Biello, of Canton, a teacher at Creekview High School;

Nate Cochran, of Free Home, an attorney;

Jeff Duncan, of Ball Ground, director of business development; and

Sam Moore, of Ball Ground, a business owner.

Forsyth County Republican Party will host a candidate forum (all candidates agreed to show up) at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 at Fowler Park, 4110 Carolene Way in Cumming.

If needed, a runoff election has been tentatively set for Tuesday, Feb. 4.

All of the former Vickery precinct voters have been reallocated to either the Polo or Midway precinct. Only those voters who reside in Ga. House District 22 are eligible to vote in this election.

Forsyth County registered voters who reside in District 22 may cast their ballot during advance voting at the Forsyth County Administration Building, located at 110 E. Main Street in Cumming. Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except on Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Wednesday, Dec. 25.

The Midway Park Community Building, 5100 Post Road, will also be open for voting during advance voting for the Jan. 7 special election on Saturday, Dec. 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

From Dec. 30 to Jan. 3, voting hour and locations are as follows.

County Administration Building, 110 E. Main Street in Cumming:

Monday, Dec. 30, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 31, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Closed Wednesday, Jan. 1

Thursday, Jan. 2, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 3, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

West Forsyth area Midway Park, 5100 Post Road in Cumming:

Monday, Dec. 30, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 31, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Closed Wednesday, Jan. 1

Thursday, Jan. 2, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 3, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There is no voting Monday prior to any election.

To receive more election information, including details about voting by mail, call 770-781-2118, ext. 9 or visit www.forsythco.com.