A recent change to the 2014 election calendar is prompting candidates for Georgia’s 11th district seat in the U.S. House of Representatives to reconsider staying in elected office.
State Rep. Ed Lindsey, R-Atlanta, said he will remain in the General Assembly as the representative for House District 54 while he campaigns for the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, who is leaving office to run for U.S. Senate. One of Lindsey’s opponents, state Sen. Barry Loudermilk has decided to resign in order to concentrate on the congressional campaign.
Lindsey issued a press release Tuesday explaining his decision.
“As a young man, my Dad always told me that, ‘the best way to get a job is to do well at the job you have,’” Lindsey’s announcement says. He later adds, “In keeping with my Dad’s wisdom, I will prove that I am the strongest candidate for Congress by finishing the job I was elected to do under the Gold Dome.”
Lindsey’s announcement comes shortly after the Georgia Secretary of State announced that a federal judge has approved the state’s new election calendar. The federal primary for 2014 will be in May, meaning early voting will likely start while the state’s General Assembly is in session.
The federal primary has traditionally been held in July, according to Atlanta Journal Constitution political analyst Jim Galloway. Galloway said the new calendar is widely viewed as an attempt to limit the influence of hard-line conservatives, a group more likely to show up in a July primary than the GOP’s more moderate voters.
Here is the updated election calendar, provided by the office of the Georgia Secretary of State:
Monday, March 3, 2014 – Friday, March, 7 2013: qualifying period for candidates seeking federal office
Saturday, April 5, 2014: deadline to transmit UOCAVA ballots (for the federal primary runoff election)
Tuesday, May 20, 2014: federal primary election
Saturday, June 7, 2014: deadline to transmit UOCAVA ballots (for the federal primary runoff election)
Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014: federal primary runoff election
Saturday, September 20, 2014: deadline to transmit UOCAVA ballots (for the federal general election)
Tuesday, November 4, 2014: federal general election
Saturday, November 22, 2014: deadline to transmit UOCAVA ballots (for the federal general runoff election)
Tuesday, January 6, 2015: federal general runoff election