1 more qualifies for District 6 Senate seat

The second day of qualifying in the race to fill the seat vacated by former state Sen. Hunter Hill, R-Smyrna, saw one more candidate add his name to the ballot.

Republican Charlie Fiveash, a 56-year-old Atlanta businessman, qualified Sept. 14, bringing the number of candidates vying for Hill’s former Senate seat to six.

Fiveash has 30 years of commercial real estate experience and identifies as a “political outsider,” according to a statement announcing his Senate bid.

He is running on a platform of lower taxes, fewer regulations and reducing traffic congestion, the statement said. Fiveash and his wife, Lang, have three children, with two in college and the youngest a sophomore at North Atlanta High School.

Five candidates qualified for the seat Sept. 13, including three Republicans and two Democrats.

Among the GOP candidates who added their names to the ballot for the Nov. 7 special election were Buckhead business executive Kathy Eichenblatt and attorneys Leah Aldridge of Atlanta and Matt Bentley of Smyrna.

The two Democrats vying for the seat are Buckhead attorney Jen Jordan and Vinings dentist Jaha Howard, who ran for Hill’s seat last year but narrowly lost.

Hill resigned his seat to run for governor.

Senate District 6 covers portions of Smyrna, Marietta, Vinings, Sandy Springs and Atlanta, including Buckhead.

Qualifying for the Senate race ends Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. at Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office in Atlanta. It was postponed by two days due to government offices being closed because of Tropical Storm Irma.

By Shaddi Abusaid

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