Governor Nathan Deal has appointed HD2 Representative Jay Neal to lead the State’s reentry program at the GA Department of Corrections. Neal, first elected in 2004, chairs the State Properties Committee in the House. Neal led Georgia’s recent Criminal Justice Reform effort and is the Director of a faith based recovery facility in NW GA. This appointment represents a continuation of the work Neal has become known for in the State House. Neal will resign his house seat to accept the appointment, setting up a special election.
20 plus year Lafayette Mayor Neal Florence is looking at the seat.
We can also expect a run from former Chickamauga City Councilman Steve Tarvin. Tarvin ran for Congress against Tom Graves twice, then primaried Rep. Neal in 2010. However, in the last 12 months Steve has seen the closure of his business which may affect his desire to continue his political aspirations.
HD2 covers most of eastern Walker County, southern Catoosa County, and a small portion of western Whitfield.