Bill Bozarth jogs through a different neighborhood every morning, stopping along the way to shake a few hands.

Bozarth, an independent candidate in the Georgia House’s 54th district, is conducting a grass-roots campaign, making daily runs to meet people out in their yards or driveways, knocking on doors and showing up at Starbucks to greet people standing in line for their mochas or frappuccinos.

“I’ve worn out a couple of pair of shoes already,” Bozarth said.

To run as an independent, Bozarth first had to collect at least 1,776 signatures, 5 percent of the district’s registered voters. He said that he collected more than 2,300 signatures and received certification as a candidate from Fulton County and the Georgia Secretary of State’s office in June. 

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