The Georgia Secretary of State’s website listed a single candidate as signing up on the opening day of qualifying to run the House District 80 seat.

Lawyer Loren Collins, a Republican, filed to run for the post that had been held by former Rep. Mike Jacobs (R-Brookhaven), according to the Secretary of State’s website. Jacobs resigned the seat last month after he was appointed to a judgeship.

Collins said on his webpage that he ran unsuccessfully as a write-in candidate in the state’s Fourth Congressional District in 2006 and 2008. “It was during these elections that Loren first identified himself as a Bull Moose candidate, a practice he has carried over to this election so as to reflect his fiscally conservative yet socially libertarian politics that don’t neatly fit into today’s Republican or Democratic parties,” his website says.

At least three other candidates, including Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis, have announced plans to run in the July 14 special election for the post.

The District 80 seat represents Brookhaven and a part of Sandy Springs. Qualifying for the seat closes at noon Wednesday.

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