Special election to be held Feb. 4 to fill deceased state senator Greg Kirk’s seat

An election date has been set to fill the Georgia state senate seat vacated last month when Sen. Greg Kirk died after a battle with cancer.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced Wednesday the date of the special election required for Senate District 13.

The special election will be Feb. 4 for the district, which includes parts of Crisp, Dodge, Dooly, Lee, Sumter, Tift, Worth, Turner, and Wilcox counties. If a run-off is needed, it will be March 3.

Qualifying for the special election will be in the Elections Division of the Office of Secretary of State in Atlanta on Jan. 2 and 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Jan. 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The qualifying fee is $400.

Jan. 9 is the last day to register to vote in the special election.

Kirk was 56 years old and had announced on Dec. 18 that he was planning to run for reelection in 2019. In July, Kirk was diagnosed with bile duct cancer, but reported in Nov. that many of his tumors had shrunk. He died Dec. 22.

Kirk has served district 13 since 2014 and was also the senior pastor at Rehoboth Baptist Church from 1998 to 2005. He was a licensed professional counselor.