TIFTON — Three candidates have qualified to run in the special election for Georgia’s District 13 state senate seat.

The seat was formerly held by Greg Kirk, who passed away after battling bile duct cancer. The district includes Crisp, Dooly, Lee, Tift, Worth, Turner and Dodge counties, as well as parts of Sumter and Wilcox.

Members of the Georgia State Senate serve two year terms and are not subject to term limits. The special election to fill the vacancy is scheduled for Feb. 4. A runoff election, if necessary, has been scheduled for Mar. 3.

The winning candidate will serve out the remainder of Kirk’s two year term and will have to run for reelection in November to hold onto the seat.

The ballot for the special election has one Democrat and two Republicans who qualified.

Jim Quinn, of Leesburg, has a background in journalism and previously lost his bid for House District 152 in 2019.

Carden Summers, of Cordele, is self employed.

Quinn and Summers are both running as Republicans.

Democrat Mary Egler, a retiree from Leesburg, previously ran for the Georgia House District 152 seat in 2019.

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