From the press release:
Gov. Nathan Deal today announced the appointment of state Sen. William (Bill) Grady Hamrick, III to a Superior Court judgeship within the Coweta Judicial Circuit, effective Sept. 10. Hamrick will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge William F. Lee, Jr. who resigned, effective May 1.
William (Bill) Grady Hamrick, III
Hamrick currently represents the 30th District in the Georgia State Senate, where he chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Judicial Appropriations Subcommittee. He is General Counsel of Ra-Lin and Associates, Inc. Hamrick received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Auburn University and his law degree from Georgia State University. He and his wife, Susan, live in Carrollton.
According to Jim Galloway, this will set off a Special Election for Hamrick’s seat to be held at the November 6th General Election, and former Speaker Glenn Richardson is likely to run for the Senate seat.
Hamrick has already handed to the governor a letter of resignation, effective Sept. 10.
The date, within 60 days of the next election, will allow Deal to call for a special primary election for Nov. 6, the same day as the general election. A general election for the District 30 Senate seat would be held on the day currently scheduled for the December runoff.
We’re told that one Republican certain to make a bid for Hamrick’s empty seat is Richardson, the former House speaker, who resigned in 2010 following a suicide attempt, and the revelation by his wife that he’d had an affair with a Capitol lobbyist.