Peach Pundit has published a story about State Representative Kevin Levitas’ decision to drop out of the race for his 82nd district seat to spend more time on his business and family life. Levitas, a Democrat, was first elected in 2006, and, according to Ballot Access News, he ran unopposed in November of 2008, and had no opposition in either a primary nor in November of 2010. The Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting that the Secretary of State had ruled that there would be no Democrat or Republican on the November ballot because no one other than Mr. Levitas had filed to run.
The Journal article goes on to explain that anyone can run as the candidate of any party, or as an independent, upon filing a petition with about 1250 valid signatures by July 13th.
District 82 is roughly bounded by neighborhoods in the Brockett, Northlake, Pleasantdale and Tucker communities. Interstate 85 runs across the district, and Interstate 285 runs through it.
I do not know if the Georgia Green Party has active members in that district, but if they do it would seem that this is a golden opportunity to place on of their own in the state legislature. I suspect that one or more corporate candidates will appear from the ranks of the Democratic or Republican parties unless state law forbids a candidate to change registration to “independent” to run. If that is the law then the Georgia Green Party would seem to be well placed as they could search amongst their own members as well as with the unaffiliated.
Levitas’ campaign website makes no mention of his decision to leave the race. Indeed, the latest Press Release is about his filing to run for re-election on April 28th. Levitas’ House website describes him as engaged in community life, a third generation small business person, a lawyer and a family man. Some posting comments at Peach Pundit are expressing frustration for Levitas’ decision and the impact it will have on the Democratic Party’s chances of holding on to the seat.
How thoughtful of the Representative. Leave everyone in a lurch.
I honestly believe Rep. Levitas may be the worst person alive.
Yeah, well it’s always nice when people, ya know, leave a seat vacant without warning one’s own party, finding a successor, doing it in any timely fashion, etc.
Here are a series of links to legislation that impacts elections in Georgia which Levitas introduced. I do not know which were enacted.