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 Feb. 15.
Tony Sellier died Nov. 30 of congestive heart failure. He was first elected to the seat in 2006, and won re-election against Howard in November. Qualifying begins Wednesday and ends at noon Friday.
Judye Sellier, who will run as a Republican, confirmed her intentions by phone Monday.
“After a lot of prayerful consideration and lot of discussion with my family, I felt like this was the thing for me to do,” Sellier said. “My family encouraged me first.”
Sellier said she hoped to “carry on the conservative values that we are used to here in this area.”
Howard, a Democrat 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,” Howard said. “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.”
District 136 encompasses Crawford County and part of Bibb, Houston, Lamar, Monroe, Peach and Upson counties. The General Assembly reconvenes in Atlanta on Jan. 10.
Telegraph writers Ryan Gilchrest, Shelby G. Spires and Jennifer Burk contributed to this report. Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report.