Judye Sellier, the wife of late State Rep. Tony Sellier, and Sharon B. Howard, who ran against Tony Sellier in the Nov. 2 election, intend to run for the State House District 136 seat in a special election on Feb. 15.
Qualifying for the seat begins Wednesday and ends at noon on Friday. The special election is Feb. 15.
Judye Sellier, who will run as a Republican, announced her intentions via an email news release Monday afternoon.
“Tony’s service to the families of Middle Georgia was his calling, and he took that responsibility seriously,” Judye Sellier was quoted as saying in the email release. “I share Tony’s same solid commitment to those that elected him. I’m dedicated to continuing his hard work and providing leadership for our community.”
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Howard, who earned 30.7 percent of the vote in November's election, said she was aware of Judye Sellier's intentions to run for the seat.
"I plan to qualify Wednesday. My campaign will center on the issues, but I can say that I think the problems in the district are pretty much the same as during the general election: jobs, schools and economic opportunity are all tied into everything we need to make this community a wonderful place to live," Howard said.
"That starts with local office."
Tony Sellier died Nov. 30 of congestive heart failure. He was first elected to his seat in 2006, and won re-election to his seat against Howard in November.
District 136 encompasses Crawford County and part of Bibb, Houston, Lamar, Monroe, Peach and Upson counties. The General Assembly reconvenes in Atlanta Jan. 10.
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