Voters in Brookhaven and portions of Sandy Springs, Chamblee and Dunwoody head to the polls Tuesday, July 14,  to choose a new representative for District 80 in the state House of Representatives.

Four candidates seek the position. All four live in Brookhaven. They all are lawyers.

The special election was called to choose a successor for former Rep. Mike Jacobs (R-Brookhaven), who was appointed to a state judgeship in DeKalb.

The candidates are: Taylor Bennett, the sole Democrat in the race; Catherine Bernard, who ran against Jacobs in the 2014 Republican Primary and who chaired a committee that successfully campaigned against allowing the Brookhaven city government to take on powers under the state Redevelopment Powers Law; Loren Collins, who describes himself a “Bull Moose” Republican; and former Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis. For more information on the candidates, see the Voters Guide.

To determine whether you are in the district, properly registered to vote or where you vote, go the My Voters page on the Georgia Secretary of State’s website at

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.

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