District 6 Commissioner-Elect Houle to Run in November Special Election

Jul 30, 2020

District t 6 Commissioner-Elect Jesse Houle says they are running in the special election scheduled this November for the District 6 seat, which they are planning to fill in January.

“Yes, according to the election that we had last June, of course the particularly tumultuous election that we’ve been talking about, and there is a special election in November and I’ll be putting my name on the ballot for that and hopefully that means we can actually see representation for District 6 again sooner than that.” Houle said. “Hopefully in November we’ll have a seat at the table.”

FILE-Jesse Houle

Last week, Houle won a court decision in a challenge to their being declared the winner in the District 6 race.

“That was a really good omen, I guess it bodes well for where things are headed. Of course the folks who filed that lawsuit have immediately filed an appeal that’s going to go the Georgia Supreme Court, so we’re looking forward to hopefully everything being fully resolved sooner than later.”

Houle won the seat after Commissioner Jerry NeSmith, who won the vote count, died before election day.

“I wouldn’t say the entirety of the legal machine is on my side, but I am glad that in this instance it seems to have worked out well, such that the existing laws, however flawed, have been upheld, which is nice and clarifying.”

Barring a successful legal challenge, Houle will be sworn in in January, earlier if they win the special election in November. That election will fill the final two months of Jerry NeSmith’s term.