Several resignations of Georgia GOP state lawmakers are creating open seats that will be on special election ballots in November. One senator stepping down to run for governor is Hunter Hill, who represents a section of east Cobb County and a portion of Sandy Springs– a district he narrowly won last November. His resignation has led to open grumbling by GOP constituents who feel deserted and fear a takeover by a liberal Democrat successor.

Hillary Clinton carried Hill’s affluent district last November and Democrat Jaha Howard, a pediatric dentist, says he will run again. Howard will face fellow Democrats Jen Jordan and Nigel Sims and at least three Republicans will become candidates: Ex-state GOP staffer Leo Smith and attorneys Matt Bentley and Leah Aldridge. 

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