The 5th Congressional District special election arrives Tuesday, Sept. 29, where voters will choose a temporary replacement for the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis.
Lewis, a Civil Rights icon, died July 17 in the midst of a re-election campaign. The Sept. 29 special election will choose a candidate to fill his unexpired term — a brief period that will end in January. In the Nov. 3 general election, voters will choose either Republican Angela Stanton-King or Democrat Nikema Williams for a full two-year term.
The candidates on the Sept. 29 ballot for the short-term position are: Robert Franklin, a Democrat and former president of Morehouse College; Kwanza Hall, a Democrat and former Atlanta City Council member; Barrington Martin II, an educator and former unsuccessful challenger to Lewis in the June primary; Steven Muhammad, an independent and minister from East Point; Chase Oliver, a Libertarian and customer service specialist; state Rep. “Able” Mable Thomas, a Democrat who has served nearly 22 years in office; and Keisha Waites, a Democrat and former state legislator.
If necessary, a runoff election is scheduled for Dec. 1.
Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For information on where to vote in-person, see the state voter registration website here.

John Ruch

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.