4 candidates join race for south Georgia House seat


Three Republicans and a Democrat are running in a Feb. 13 special election for a state House seat representing a district on the Georgia-Florida border.

The candidates are competing to replace former Rep. Amy Carter, R-Valdosta, who resigned from House District 175 in November to take a position with the Technical College System of Georgia. Candidate qualifying for the race ended Friday.

The candidates are Bruce Phelps, a Republican emergency medical technician; Coy Reaves, a Republican who is self-employed; John LaHood, a Republican and CEO of Fellowship Senior Living; and Treva Gear, a Democrat and educator.

The district covers Brooks County and portions of Lowndes and Thomas counties.

If no candidate receives a majority of the vote, a runoff election will be held March 13.

The winner of the race will then join the Georgia General Assembly, which started its annual legislative session Jan. 8. Every state legislative seat, including House District 175, is up for election again in November.

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