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Election date set to fill Ivory Lee Young’s Atlanta council seat

The Atlanta City Council has set a date for a special election needed to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Councilman Ivory lee Young Jr.

The special election to fill Young’s unexpired term is scheduled for March 19, with a potential runoff to be held April 16. The winner will represent District 3 for the remainder of Young’s term through 2021.

Young, who was 56, was re-elected to his fourth term in November 2017. His Nov. 16 death follows a battle with cancer. Young had taken a leave of absence from the council a couple months ago to undergo stem cell treatment.

Qualifying to run for the seat will take place Wednesday, Jan. 23 through Friday, Jan. 25 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at City Hall in the Municipal Clerk’s Office, 55 Trinity Ave. SW. The qualifying fee is $1,809, a press release said. For more information, contact the Office of the Municipal Clerk at 404-330-6031 or email fwebb@atlantaga.gov.

The seat was declared vacant and the date was set during a special called meeting Wednesday. The Council staff director was also authorized to provide administrative supervision to the District 3 staff until the special election results are certified.

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memorial wake for Young will be held Friday at Greater Springfield Baptist Church and a Celebration of Life Service is scheduled Saturday at Morehouse College.


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