The special election to fill the State House seat left open by Rep. Dan Lakly, who passed away at the end of last month, will be taking place one month and three days from today. Qualifying for the election begins this coming Monday (11/19) and runs through Wednesday the 21st, and the election itself will be December 18.
SH-72, which covers Peachtree City and part of Fayetteville, is an extremely strong Republican district; however, given the very brief campaign time, and the likelihood of a widely split Republican vote, this could possibly be the one chance Democrats may have to slip in a strong (or seemingly moderate) candidate and take this seat.
Only one person, Fayette County attorney Matt Ramsey, has announced for the race so far. He is running as a Republican. (Update: Thanks to RuralDem for pointing out in the comments that another candidate, Democrat Kevin Madden, has joined the race — at least according to his high-budget website, acquired via “Have a Website in 5 Minutes!” campaignwindow.com)