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Democrat’s name still in the running for 9th District seat

Freeman announced withdrawal from race, but has yet to make it official

POSTED: May 3, 2010 11:52 p.m.

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Democrat Mike Freeman, who once said he would seek Georgia’s 9th District seat in the U.S. House, has yet to tell the Secretary of State that he’s changed his mind.

Freeman had been the only Democrat in a sea of Republicans hoping to succeed Nathan Deal in Congress.

Two weeks ago, he was the first to tap out — at least ceremoniously.

On April 14, Freeman sent out a news release stating that he would withdraw from both the upcoming May 11 special election, to complete Deal’s unexpired term, and the November general election.

But the Oakwood Democrat has yet to make that withdrawal official. Freeman must provide the Secretary of State’s elections division with a notarized affidavit of withdrawal, spokesman Matt Carrothers said.

Carrothers said Monday that Freeman has not been in contact with the elections division.

If Freeman does withdraw officially, elections officials in the district’s 15 counties can place signs at polling stations notifying voters that Freeman has withdrawn from the race.

While there is no deadline for withdrawal, not doing so before May 11 will mean that votes for the Democrat will be counted and Freeman could technically be elected if he receives a majority of the votes, Carrothers said.

Neither Freeman nor his former campaign spokesman Martin Matheny returned calls Monday seeking comment about Freeman’s intentions in the special election.

Jim Taflinger, chairman of the Hall County Democrats, said Monday he did not know if there had been any change in Freeman’s candidacy. Eric Gray, a spokesman for the statewide party, also had no answer about Freeman’s intentions.

Freeman’s April 14 statement said he was withdrawing his candidacy from the special election and the November general election to focus on issues with his family.

When qualifying for the July party primaries drew to a close last week, Freeman’s name never showed up, meaning Freeman cannot participate in the general election — at least as a Democrat.


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