Voters will pick a candidate to fill the late Georgia state Rep. John Meadows' shoes at the beginning of next year.
The state will hold a special election for Meadows' seat on Jan. 8. Interested candidates must fill out the proper paperwork at the secretary of state's office in Atlanta on Wednesday or Thursday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The qualifying fee is $400.
Meadows, R-Calhoun, died on Nov. 13 after serving 13 years in the legislature. He was most recently chairman of the House Rules Committee, with sway over what bills went to the floor for votes.
An insurance salesman, Meadows was the mayor of Calhoun for 13 years and a city councilman for three years.
He represented District 5, which covers Gordon and Murray counties. Anyone not currently registered must do so by Dec. 12 to vote in the election.
If necessary, a runoff for Meadows' seat would take place Feb. 5.