Prospective candidates seeking to run for the seat can go to the Democratic Party of Georgia’s office at 501 Pulliam St. SW, Suite 311, in Atlanta to file. Paperwork will be accepted 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.. Interested candidates must also pay $400 to file.
A public notice of the special election was made a few hours after the candidate qualifying period began.
The special election comes after Stephenson’s daughter, using a power of attorney, in September withdrew her mother’s candidacy for reelection. Because her withdrawal came so late in the election cycle, Stephenson’s name remained on the November ballot. Stephenson won her primary election in June and no Republicans filed to run for the seat earlier this year. Because the special election is essentially a make up for what would have been the November vote in the 90th district, only Democrats can vie for the seat.