The recent shuffling of candidates running for the late Charlie Norwood's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives has left other vacancies that will affect the area's political future as well.
So far only one man - and one with some experience - is looking to fill the secondary vacancies. Former State Representative Bill Jackson has thrown his hat in the ring to replace current State Senator Jim Whitehead when he runs for Rep. Norwood's seat.
"Actually, my interest was created by people who asked me about it at a time when Charlie Norwood passed away, and that sprung the vacancy in the senate seat and possibly even the house seat," Mr. Jackson said. "I just felt like, well I know how to do it. I'll go do it for a while and see if I can help my area."
Mr. Jackson spent 16 years in the Georgia House of Representatives and later worked as a liaison between the governor and the speaker of the house. He feels his experience will play a key role in getting things accomplished for the district that includes McDuffie County.
"I know everybody up there, and I can walk in the first day and feel at home," he said. "...I've got the time. I'm healthy. I'm not the youngest guy that ever ran for public office, but I can truck pretty good."