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Correction: This original article did not include the full list of candidates. It has been updated to include everyone who qualified.
Early voting for the District 3 special election will begin on Monday, Feb. 25. Voters will choose from several candidates running for the seat vacated after the death of former councilman Ivory Lee Young, Jr.
Young was hospitalized in early October after a fall left him unresponsive and with severe brain damage, Atlanta Loop reported. He had been on leave at the time while seeking treatment for cancer. He was 56 when he passed in November.
Nine candidates in total are running, according to the Northside Neighbor. Erika Estrada, a corporate controller; Byron Amos, a District 2 Atlanta Board of Education member; Ricky Brown, a DJ; Antonio Brown, owner of a high-end footwear company; Mesha Mainor, a licensed physical therapist and Ph.D. candidate; Jabari Simama, who held the seat for six years before Young, Young’s widow, Shalise Young; Greg Clay, who Young beat in the 2017 election; and Matthew Charles Cardinale, news editor of the Atlanta Progressive News website and activist.
Voters can cast a ballot at the Fulton County Government Center, located at 130 Peachtree Street SW, according to council materials. Early voting will take place weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through March 15.
Election day is March 19, and if necessary, a runoff will be held April 16, council materials indicate.