Judye Sellier, the wife of the late state Rep. Tony Sellier, and Robert Dickey, a peach grower, qualified Wednesday to run for the state House District 136 seat in a special election Feb. 15.
State Rep. Tony Sellier, 65, died Nov. 30 of congestive heart failure. He won re-election to a second term in the Nov. 2 election.
Judye Sellier and Dickey, both Republicans, previously announced their intentions to run in the special election.
Sellier, 61, is retired from Blue Bird Body Company and a former Crawford County Board of Eduction chairwoman.
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“Tony’s service to the families of Middle Georgia was his calling and he took the responsibility seriously,” Sellier previously stated in a release announcing her intentions. “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.”
Dickey, 57, is co-owner of Dickey Farms, a peach and timber farm that his great-grandfather started more than 100 years ago. He also serves on several community agency boards.
“Now, more than ever, we need to send a business person to the House. We need to improve our economy by attracting new jobs, and I know how to do it. I have been creating jobs for this community for years,” Dickey previously said in a statement.
Sharon B. Howard, who ran against Tony Sellier in the Nov. 2 election, also is expected to seek the post in the special election, but has yet to officially qualify.
“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 in a previous interview.
The district includes all of Crawford County and portions of Bibb, Houston, Lamar, Monroe, Peach and Upson counties.
Qualifying ends at noon Friday. The Legislature reconvenes Jan. 10.
Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report.
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