Georgia Gov. Brian P. Kemp said today to media that he is taking formal applications for the upcoming vacancy in one of the state’s Senate seats.
The Govenor told reporters this is an effort to offer transparency.
The seat will come open after the retirement of Sen. Johnny Isakson, a Republican from Marietta, effective Dec. 31.
Isakson surprised many when he announced he would be retiring from the Senate because of health concerns. He’s recently battled Parkinson’s Disease, kidney cancer and is recovering after a fall that broke several ribs.
Isakson was elected to a third term in 2016 but announced his intentions to retire at the end of the year, citing health problems. State law gives the governor the chance to fill a vacant Senate seat until the next general election, which will be in November 2020.
The person elected then would fill out the term, until January 2023.
Applications may be submitted online through the at gov.georgia.gov.