U.S. Rep. Tom Price was confirmed as President Trump’s new secretary of Health and Human Services Feb. 10, opening up a local race to fill his 6th Congressional District seat. A special election will be held April 18, with a runoff on June 20 if necessary.

Tom Price, the new U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.

The 6th District includes parts of Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. Other seats may come open as well if state officials make a run for the higher office.

Several candidates have already announced runs for the 6th District seat, at least five of whom live in or represent Reporter Newspapers communities. They include: Democrat Ron Slotin of Sandy Springs, a former state senator; Republicans Donnie Bolena of Sandy Springs and state Sen. Judson Hill, who represents northwestern Sandy Springs; and independent Alexander Hernandez of Dunwoody.

None of the candidates are officially in the race yet. Gov. Nathan Deal set a qualifying period of Feb. 13-15.

Price is known as a major critic of the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” which he often criticized at community meetings. He likely will be tasked with dismantling and replacing the health insurance mandate.

John Ruch

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.

One reply on “Price wins cabinet seat; Congressional election set for April 18”

  1. Meanwhile, NIH Funded doctors would be on the street for the kind of investment practices Mr. Price engages in as a Senator. Grassley would be holding hearings. But heh, why hold Senators or House members to the same rules they impose on those curing diseases, developing surgical techniques and finding cures that keep others alive?


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