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Seven toss qualify to vie for Bulloch's senate seat

THOMASVILLE, Ga. — Seven people have qualified to run to fill the seat left vacant by former state senator John Bulloch in the 11th senate district.

According to the Georgia Secretary of State's office, those who qualified before the noon Wednesday deadline are:

— Marshall Berman (R), 73, retired from the Georgia Department of Labor, Thomasville.

— Dean Burke (R), 55, a physician, Bainbridge.

— Brad Hughes (R), 35, self-employed, Blakely.

— Mike Keown (R), 58, minister, Coolidge.

— Eugene McNease (R), 69, retired, Thomasville.

— Lisa Collins (D), 58, Director of Economic Development Early County 2055, Blakely

— Jeffrey G. Bivins (L), 43, President, Armor-Clad Industries LLC, Cairo

Bulloch resigned his seat last week due to health concerns. A farmer by trade, he was sworn in to the state senate in 2003 to represent District 11.

Bulloch was the chairman of the Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee, vice chair of the Natural Resources and the Environment Committee, a member of the Appropriations and Rules committees, and an ex-officio member of the Banking and Financial Institutions Committee.

District 11 covers Colquitt, Decatur, Early, Grady, Miller, Seminole and portions of Mitchell and Thomas counties.