3 candidates qualify for southwest Georgia state House seat

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FILE- In this Jan. 10, 2014, file photo the dome of the Georgia State Capitol stands between tree branches in Atlanta. AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

ATLANTA (AP) – Two Republicans and a Democrat have qualified to run for a vacant state House seat in southwest Georgia.

They’re seeking to replace Republican Jay Powell, who died last month at a legislative retreat.

The Republicans include Tommy Akridge and Joe Campbell, both of Camilla. Jewell Howard of Baconton is running as a Democrat.

The three candidates will run together regardless of party in the Jan. 21 special election. A runoff will be Feb. 25 if no candidate wins a majority.

House District 171 covers parts of Colquitt, Decatur and Mitchell counties.

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