As national political eyes turn to a special Congressional election in Georgia on April 18, political scientists who live in the district are available to discuss the ins and outs of a race that some see as a test for Republicans and President Trump. 

The special election for the 6th Congressional District of Georgia is to fill the seat vacated by Tom Price, who now serves at the secretary of Health and Human Services in the Trump Administration. It’s hotly contested, with political parties and outside Political Action Committees (PACs) throwing resources into the race. 

Georgia State University’s Department of Political Science has two experts who live in the district, located in the northern suburbs of metro Atlanta, and are available to talk. Their direct email contacts are listed below. For mobile/cell phone information, log into the Newswise system or contact Jeremy Craig at [email protected] or 404-413-1374:

Jeffrey Lazarus, Associate Professor of Political Science

Email: [email protected]

Jeffrey Lazarus is an associate professor of political science and specializes in research into legislative term limits, politicians’ decisions to enter races for office, congressional conference committees, the bills members write, and pork barrel spending.

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Sean Richey, Associate Professor of Political Science

Email: [email protected]  

Sean Richey is an associate professor of political science and specializes in voting and elections, political communication, and political behavior. He is the author of “The Social Basis of the Rational Citizen: How Political Communication in Social Networks Improves Civic Competence” (Lexington Press, 2014), and has also authored articles on political discussion and persuasion. 

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