Nikki Randall, Epps facing election challengers | News
New challengers stepped up Thursday to run against two Central Georgia state legislators.
House District 142: Gerald Harvey of Macon qualified to run against incumbent Nikki Randall. They're both Democrats. Harvey is a former Macon city council member who ran against Randall in 2012. He says he is retired. The district covers parts of Bibb County. The two will meet in the May 20 Democratic primary.
House District 143: Incumbent James Beverly and former Bibb County Commissioner Lonzy Edwards will meet in the May 20 Democratic primary. Edwards is a lawyer and minister. Beverly, an eye doctor, is seeking a third term. The district covers parts of Bibb County.
House District 144: A Toomsboro woman plans to challenge state Rep. Bubber Epps of Twiggs County. Joyce Denson is a Democrat. Epps is a former Democrat who switched to the Republican Party four years ago. Denson describes herself as a site coordinator. They're both qualified for the November general election ballot. The district includes Twiggs, Wilkinson and Bleckley counties and parts of Jones, Bibb, Houston and Laurens counties.
Qualifying for state, county and federal offices continues across Georgia to Friday.
So far, most other state legislators have no challengers.
In the state Senate, two Republicans have qualified to run for District 13, which includes Dodge, Wilcox and Dooly counties. Incumbent John Crosby, a Republican from Tifton, is retiring.
Bryce Johnson, a prosecutor from Tifton, and Americus businessman Greg Kirk, have qualified to run.
Two candidates qualified to run for Senate District 18. They are John F. Kennedy, a Macon attorney, and Spencer Price, a doctor from Yatesville. Both are Republicans.
Cecil Staton, R-Macon, is leaving the Senate after his current term.
Qualifying for state positions ends at noon Friday.