You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks


Welcome to

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on

breaking news

Officials extinguish massive fire on I-85 that led to bridge collapse

Who’s who in the race to fill the state Senate seat in east Cobb

Tom Price’s ascension from congressman to health and human services secretary set off a domino effect that’s playing out most prominently in Cobb and Fulton counties.

The Roswell Republican’s Senate confirmation triggered a race to fill the open seat, which drew interest from a wide-ranging list of 18 candidates.

State Sen. Judson Hill, R-Marietta, among those vying to represent Georgia’s 6th District and the first Republican to enter, vacated his position in pursuit of the opportunity setting off a second special election.

Nearly 178,000 people live in Senate District 32, which stretches from east Cobb to Sandy Springs. An affluent Atlanta suburb and popular area to raise a family, the median income is more than $93,000 and the median age is 41 years.

Qualifying ended Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. and attracted eight candidates.

The special election to replace Hill will be April 18, the same day as the federal special election to replace Price. A runoff, if needed, is scheduled for May 16.

March 20 is the last day to register and be eligible to vote. Advance in-person voting begins March 27.

Below is the list of who is in the running.


Hamilton Beck: A consultant with Huron Consulting Group with accounting degrees from Kennesaw State University, according to his LinkedIn page.

Matt Campbell: A railroad conductor with a career in transportation, Campbell picked up an endorsement from state Sen. Brandon Beach, a Republican from Alpharetta and chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee.

Roy Daniels: A physician who is running to be the “voice of common sense as the state reacts to the new health care policy” that he believes will “finally address out-of-control health care costs,” according to his campaign website. Daniels opposes abortion rights and is a strong gun rights advocate.

Kay Kirkpatrick: Kirkpatrick, an orthopedic surgeon, promises to strengthen Georgia’s ability to respond in disaster and emergency situations. She’s the district coordinator for the Medical Association of Georgia’s Medical Reserve Corps and a former president of Resurgens Orthopedics.

Gus Makris: As a tax lawyer for Turner Broadcasting, Makris believes “additional aggressive tax reform should be thoughtfully considered.” He is an active member of the Republican Party and has served in governor-appointed commissions. His website features a campaign video.


Exton Howard: The 35-year-old media director is pushing for transparency in government and Medicaid expansion. He takes a strong stance in support of Planned Parenthood.

Christine Triebsch: The family law and juvenile justice attorney has shared the stage with Jon Ossoff, the documentary filmmaker and apparent Democratic front-runner in the 6th District race, at a campaign event.

Bob Wiskind: The only doctor in the race who is a Democrat, Wiskind is focused on child health issues and Medicaid expansion. Wiskind is also the leader of the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Georgia Politics

Expansion of Georgia’s medical marijuana law wins final passage
Expansion of Georgia’s medical marijuana law wins final passage

An expansion of Georgia’s medical marijuana law won final passage Thursday from the state Senate, sending the measure to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature. House and Senate lawmakers brokered the compromise earlier this month, after the House backed off much broader expansion plans and the Senate no longer pursued a proposal that would...
Senate Bill 1 is given a second life in the House
Senate Bill 1 is given a second life in the House

State House members voted narrowly Friday to resurrect aspects of a Senate bill relating to domestic terrorism. Language from Senate Bill 1, which establishes a separate Department of Homeland Security, was attached to House Bill 452, which creates a database of unauthorized immigrants who commit felonies. On Tuesday, House members voted not once,...
Isakson makes surprise trip to Washington for Planned Parenthood vote
Isakson makes surprise trip to Washington for Planned Parenthood vote

The moment captured on the Senate floor Thursday morning was a quiet but critical one. Republican leaders were just shy of the votes needed to begin debate on legislation that would overturn an Obama-era rule barring states from withholding family planning funding from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. So they waited. An hour later,...
After rounds through the Capitol, Senate passes carnival safety bill
After rounds through the Capitol, Senate passes carnival safety bill

After a whirlwind through the Georgia Legislature, a bill that would require carnival owners to submit engineering evaluations with permit applications passed the state Senate on Thursday. State Sen. Bruce Thompson, R-White, introduced Senate Bill 141 after a carnival ride collapsed while in operation in Bartow County. Under the legislation, a licensed...
Georgia Senate opens door to adoption bill
Georgia Senate opens door to adoption bill

The Georgia Senate has opened the door to passage of the first update to the state’s adoption laws in a generation, but has asked the House to also support one of its own bills to help foster kids. Senate Bill 170, sponsored by state Sen. Hunter Hill, R-Smyrna, has been stuck in the House Rules Committee for the past two weeks. It would...
More Stories