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High court: Special election for Georgia DA seat can proceed



ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s highest court has ruled that a special election for a district attorney’s office should appear on the November general election ballot. The winner of the race for Athens-Clarke County district attorney will fill the seat vacated by the retirement of District Attorney Ken Mauldin in February. The unanimous opinion says a special election must go forward, rather than allowing Republican Gov. Brian Kemp to appoint a new prosecutor. Deborah Gonzalez, a former Democratic state representative, tried in March to qualify to run for the seat. But Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, canceled the election to replace Mauldin, citing the 2018 law.

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