Eight vying to replace Hunter Hill in Georgia’s 6th District

State Sen. Hunter Hill, R-Smyrna, speaks to the Buckhead Business Association on Jan. 5, 2017.State Sen. Hunter Hill, R-Smyrna, speaks to the Buckhead Business Association on Jan. 5, 2017. (Photo by Todd DeFeo/The DeFeo Groupe)

ATLANTA — Eight candidates — five Republicans and three Democrats — are vying to replace a state senator who resigned to run for governor next year.

Seeking to replace state Sen. Hunter Hill are Republicans Charlie Fiveash, Kathy Eichenblatt, Leah Aldridge, Leo Smith and Matt Bentley and Democrats Jaha Howard, Jen Jordan and Taos Wynn

The 6th District includes portions of Fulton and Cobb counties. While voters will cast ballots Tuesday, the race will almost assuredly head to a runoff on Dec. 5.

Hill was elected to the seat in 2012. Other high-profile candidates running for governor in 2018 include Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, a Republican; Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, a Republican; state Rep. Stacey Evans, D-Smyrna; and state Rep. Stacey Abrams, D-Atlanta.

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