Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis has announced plans to run for the District 80 seat in the Georgia House of Representatives.

Gov. Nathan Deal has called a special election for July 14 to replace former Rep. Mike Jacobs (R-Brookhaven), who resigned last week after he was appointed to a DeKalb County State Court judgeship.

Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis

“Mike Jacobs has provided excellent representation for District 80 and I will build on that tradition. I am excited to have the opportunity to continue my service to the people of Brookhaven and now of Sandy Springs and Chamblee at the state level,” Davis said in a May 19 press release announcing his plans to run.

Davis has served as Brookhaven’s first mayor. His father, Max Davis, held a seat in the state House of Representatives for more than two decades.

District 80 takes in most of Brookhaven and a portion of Sandy Springs. To run for the seat, Davis must resign as mayor, city officials have said. Members of City Council then would choose his replacement from among sitting council members, they have said. They then would appoint someone to fill the open council seat, they have said.

Ashford Park resident Catharine Bernard also has announced plans to run for the seat. She opposed Jacobs in the 2014 Republican Primary.

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