Pamela Lohr Hendrix, Watkinsville attorney, filed yesterday to run as an independent in November for the 119th District of the Georgia House of Representatives.
Incumbent Chuck Williams filed on Monday to run for reelection in the May 24 Republican primary. He has no challengers, and no one filed to run for that office as a Democrat.
Hendrix will be required to obtain 1,700 signatures from residents of the 119th House District, which includes all of Oconee County except three northeastern precincts and eastern Clarke County.
The deadline for filing those signatures, which represent 5 percent of the registered voters, is noon on July 12.
Secretary Of State
Hendrix name does not appear on the Secretary of State database for candidates who qualified for the May 24 primary election.
In Secretary of State Office
From Facebook Post
It does appear on the list of four candidates for state office who have qualified already for the Nov. 8 election.
I missed that when I posted last night about candidates who had qualified for Oconee County offices. Hendrix posted on Facebook yesterday evening about her filing. I saw that this morning.
Yesterday was the last day for a partisan or non-partisan candidate to file a notice of candidacy to have her or his name placed on the May 24 non-partisan ballot. Hendrix did not put her name on that May ballot.
Independents will have another chance to qualify for the Nov. 8 election from June 27 to July 12.
In 2010, Hendrix ran for Superior Court Judge against incumbent Judge David Sweat in a nonpartisan contest, which Sweat won.
The contest was in the Western Judicial Circuit of the 10th Judicial Administrative District of Superior Court, made up of Oconee and Clarke counties.
In 2012 Hendrix ran for county Tax Commissioner. Jennifer Riddle, long-time employee of the office under Tax Commissioner Hariette Browning, who was retiring, won that race.
Hendrix’ legal practice has included real estate, general business, wills and probate, property tax appeals, family law and criminal defense.
She lives at 1151 Thornwood Drive, which is just north of and outside of the city limits of Watkinsville.
Williams Elected in 2011
Williams, who listed himself as a tree farmer and banker on his qualification papers filed on Monday, was elected to the House of Representatives in 2011 to fill the unexpired term of Hank Huckaby, who resigned to become chancellor of the University System of Georgia.
Williams was reelected in 2012 in a House District changed earlier that year through redistricting and was elected again in 2014.
He has not had opposition since the initial election in 2011.
Williams lists a post office box in Watkinsville as his address on his filing documents, but his residence is at 2401 Old Watson Springs Road in the south of the county.
Williams serves on the county’s Industrial Development Authority, an appointment he had when we was elected to the House of Representatives.
The Board of Commissioners renewed his two-year term to run through Dec. 31, 2017.