There has been plenty. Some 5th Congressional District voters incorrectly assumed Tuesday’s runoff will allow one of the men to replace Nikema Williams, who takes office Jan. 3 for a full two-year term in that seat. But the winner will serve for a month — filling out Lewis’ term — then pass the title on to Williams.
“It’s not just another election, it’s a continuum of honoring John Lewis,” Franklin likes to tell voters in the district that includes much of Fulton County and parts of Clayton and DeKalb counties. He said voters who see the runoff as another way to honor the civil rights icon, who died in July, appear more willing to participate.
Both men said they are doing the best they can with the resources they have to reach voters. The candidates also sent out mailers and plan to stuff their schedule Tuesday with stops at various precincts.
“You have to touch as many people as possible and let them know there is an election and to go vote for you,” Hall said.
Once the runoff results are certified, the winner can be sworn into Congress and start working right away.
Either Hall or Franklin is likely to participate in a handful of high-profile decisions during his one-month tenure.
Congress must pass legislation by Dec. 11 in order to fund the government and avoid a shutdown. Lawmakers also intend to approve a defense policy bill that has grown controversial because of a provision that calls on military bases named after Confederate leaders to be renamed. Georgia has two: Fort Benning and Fort Gordon.
There is also a chance some type of coronavirus stimulus will be put up for a vote during the month of December.
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Also on the runoff ballot Dec. 1
State Senate District 39
Doraville City Council
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