A special Democratic primary election for Georgia State Senate District 39 was called after incumbent candidate Nikema Williams became the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives following the death of U.S. Rep. John Lewis in July.
However, some voters may be missing a chance to vote for their next state senator. When voting in person, poll workers must ask voters in the 39th District if they would like to vote in the Democratic primary special election. If a poll worker does not ask, a request can be made that the special election is added to a voter’s ballot.
Four Democratic candidates are currently running to fill the vacant seat. Zan Fort, an insurance agent and son of former state Sen. Vincent Fort; Sonya Halpern, a former advertising and marketing executive; Jo Anna Potts, an entrepreneur; and Linda Pritchett, a paralegal who has previously launched many unsuccessful bids for elected office.
Senate District 39 includes the City of South Fulton, part of Union City, part of College Park, part of East Point, and several Atlanta neighborhoods including Buckhead, West End, Cascade Park, Adams Park, Midtown, Ansley, Sherwood Forest, and Venitian Hills.