Qualifying was recently held for the upcoming house district 90 special Democratic Party primary. Seven candidates qualified for the open seat.
House district 90 includes parts of DeKalb, Henry, and Rockdale Counties. State Representative Pam Stephenson, first elected in 2004, resigned in September for personal health reasons.
Because no Republicans qualified for the seat in March, only Democrats were eligible for the special election. The special primary will occur on February 9, 2021. If no candidate receives 50% of the vote, then a run-off is scheduled on March 9, 2021. Since Georgia hosts open primaries, any voter within the district may participate regardless of their party affiliation. They must only select the Democratic Primary when they go vote.
In Henry County, the district represents part of Stockbridge, Woodland, and Union Grove. Visit the Secretary of Stateâ€™s My Voter Page to check your house district or voter registration.
The seven candidates include largely DeKalb County residents. Thanks to Decaturish.com for the additional information about each candidate.
- Stan Watson, a former DeKalb commissioner who came in second to Stephenson in the Democratic primary for the HD 90 seat earlier this year.
- Greg Shealey, an entrepreneur who came in second in the HD 90 Democratic primary in 2018 and third in the primary earlier this year.
- Ed Williams, a community activist and educator who came in fourth in the nonpartisan primary for the DeKalb County Commission District 7 seat in 2018.
- Angela Moore, a public relations specialist who came in third in the Democratic primary for Secretary of State in 2010.
- Joel Thibodeaux, an internal auditor who came in second to Tonya Anderson in the Democratic primary for the state Senate District 43 seat in Lithonia in 2018.
- Diandra Hines, an account executive
- Valerie Murphy, a senior systems business analyst
Early, in-person voting will tentatively start on January 18. The Henry County Board of Elections must vote to finalize the schedule in January, but expected locations include the McDonough office, Merle Manders Conference Center in Stockbridge, and Fairview Recreation Center. The board of elections has to decide if they also want to include JP Moseley Recreation Center.