Vacant state House seats to be filled in November election

A special election to replace former Milledgeville area state Rep. Bobby Parham, and to fill two other open seats in the Georgia House of Representatives, will be held Nov. 3, the governor’s office announced Wednesday.

That’s the same day as municipal elections around the state.

Parham retired earlier this year to take a seat on the State Transportation Board. So far, The Telegraph is aware of only one candidate planning to seek his House District 141 seat: Rusty Kidd, a local businessman and son of long-time state representative Culver Kidd.

The election will be nonpartisan and the winner will finish out the year or so left in Parham’s term.

The other seats that will be filled during the November special elections are District 58 in Atlanta, previously held by Robin Shipp, and District 129 just north of Columbus in west Georgia.

That seat was held by Vance Smith, who was recently named commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation.The candidate slates won’t be official for some time.

The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office plans to set qualifying dates to file for the offices soon, a spokesman said Wednesday.