Gwinnett Daily Post | After Balfour indictment, Martin announces Senate campaign

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Gwinnett Daily Post | After Balfour indictment, Martin announces Senate campaign

On Tueday, Lawrenceville Councilman P.K. Martin announced he would seek Balfour’s District 9 seat, which covers much of Lawrenceville and Snellville.

“After a lot of thought, prayer and encouragement from people all over the district, I am excited to announce my campaign for state Senate,” Martin said in a press release. “I am running because we need an ethical, conservative leader in the Senate who will make us proud and work hard to deliver conservative reforms to improve this district and our state.”

For now, though, Balfour, R-Snellville, only faces a suspension from the position he has held for 20 years, after a Fulton County grand jury indicted him on 18 counts, including theft by taking, involving seeking per diem and mileage reimbursements for business within the state at a time when lobbyists recorded paying for business conducted outside of the state.

According to the governor’s press secretary Sasha Dlugolenski, Gov. Nathan Deal will have 14 days to name a panel to consider a recommendation of suspension, once the bill of indictment is turned over by the Attorney General’s office.

That letter had not been delivered as of Tuesday, but Dlugolenski said it would start the clock on the process, where a panel consisting of a senator, a House member and a retired judge from either the Supreme Court or Court of Appeals meets to determine Balfour’s future. That group will have 14 days to make a recommendation after the governor appoints the panel.

But Dlugolenski pointed out that if the once-powerful senator is suspended — either by the governor or voluntarily — a special election will not be held to replace him. That would occur only if Balfour resigned from office.

Otherwise, the earliest election would come either after the case is adjudicated or the term ends, which is at the end of 2014.

via Gwinnett Daily Post | After Balfour indictment, Martin announces Senate campaign.

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