When one party rules the state capital as solidly as Republicans do in Georgia right now, it’s not often that leadership spots open up. Since 2005, Georgia has had two House Majority Leaders. The most recent of those, Larry O’Neal (R-Bonaire), majority leader since 2010, resigned in April to become the chief judge on the state Tax Tribunal.

Often over-looked when a leader steps down is that not only does that person vacate a leadership spot, he leaves behind a district accustomed to having a large share of the spotlight; think of Cobb County when Newt was Speaker in D.C. or more recently Gainesville with Nathan Deal as governor and Casey Cagle as lieutenant governor.

In O’Neal’s case, this was House District 146, a middle Georgia district containing Perry, Bonaire and parts of Warner Robins. Three men have stepped up to fill O’Neal’s shoes at the Gold Dome and we reached out to the candidates for a little Q&A ahead of the fast approaching special election. 

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