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Secretary of State Brian Kemp is set to make a final decision on Laughridge's eligibility for candidacy.
He is vying for the state Senate seat vacated by Barry Loudermilk, who resigned to focus in his Congressional bid. The newly-created District 14 covers portions of Bartow, including Cartersville, and Cherokee counties, and now five candidates want to replace Loudermilk.
Republican Dean Sheridan of Acworth in southwest Cherokee County has pulled out of the race.
Laughridge faces challenges from three other Republicans:
- Republican Nicole Ebbeskotte of Woodstock,
- Republican Dwight Pullen of Canton and
- Republican Bruce Thompson of White in Bartow County.
The winner of the Nov. 5 special election will represent portions of eastern Bartow, western Cherokee and a very small portion of northeast Cobb County in the Georgia General Assembly.
Loudermilk last month resigned to focus on his bid to become the next U.S. Congressman from Georgia. He is running for the Georgia District 11 seat to replace Phil Gingrey, who is running for the U.S. Senate.