The Georgia Secretary of State’s office has approved Bill Bozarth’s petition to be included on the November ballot as an independent candidate in House District 54.
Bozarth and his supports had to collect 1,777 signatures from within the district to win a spot on the ballot. In a letter dated July 17, Linda Ford, elections division director for the Secretary of State’s office, informed Bozarth the campaign had collected enough valid signatures to qualify him as a candidate and that his name would appear on the ballot.
In November, Bozarth will run against Democrat Bob Gibeling and the winner of the July 22 Republican Primary runoff election between Beth Beskin and John McCloskey for the House seat representing much of Buckhead. The candidates seek the Georgia House seat vacated by former Rep. Ed Lindsey, who ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Beskin collected more than 49 percent of the vote in a four-candidate field in the May 20 election and nearly claimed the Republican nomination without a runoff. McCloskey then announced he would not campaign in the runoff and would throw his support to Beskin. Still, both their names will appear on the ballot July 22.
In a press release announcing the success of his petition campaign, Bozarth pointed out that independent candidates for the Georgia House are rare.
“I reject the concept that asks us to fall into partisan divisions when we choose elected leaders,” Bozarth said.