POLITICAL PLATTER: Republican Charlie Fiveash, a partner with the commercial real estate company Lavista Associates, is the latest candidate to enter the race for the seat soon to be vacated by state Sen. Hunter Hill, R-Smyrna.
Hill announced he will resign on Sept. 15 to run for governor of Georgia.
Fiveash and his wife, Lang, live in Atlanta and have three children, with two in college and the youngest a sophomore at North Atlanta High School. They attend Northside Methodist Church.
The University of Georgia graduate is the incoming president of the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks. He is active in his community as a youth sports coach, Sunday school teacher and neighborhood association board member.
“I am a businessman and a political outsider, and I’m running because I believe that’s the type of experience and leadership we need for ideas that will bring greater prosperity to Georgia families,” Fiveash said. “I have lived in this district for 28 years, and my wife and I raised our family here. Our community needs excellent schools, greater access to our flagship universities like UGA and Georgia Tech and a business environment that attracts high-paying jobs.”
Other Republicans vying for the seat include Smyrna attorney Matt Bentley, political strategist Leo Smith and Atlanta attorney Leah Aldridge.
Democrats running for the seat include dentist Dr. Jaha Howard of Vinings, who challenged Hill in the last election and Buckhead attorney Jen Jordan.
After Hill resigns on Sept. 15, Gov. Deal will issue a writ of election after which time the Secretary of State will announce when qualifying will take place. Qualifying will be conducted at the Capitol. The election date is expected to be Nov. 7.