Holcomb qualifies for DeKalb House seat; could get at least one November opponent

Tom Spigolon
Neighbor Newspapers

Northlake-area attorney Scott Holcomb will be unopposed in the July 20 special Democratic primary election for House District 82 in DeKalb County after being the only Democrat to qualify to succeed retiring state Rep. Kevin Levitas.

And technology company manager Allan Williamson has filed a declaration of intent to run as an independent for the same seat in the Nov. 2 general election.

Holcomb, father of a 3-year-old, said he wanted to be among those whose work has a positive effect on future Georgians.

"I do want things to be better for [his son] than they were for my generation," he said.

Holcomb was the only candidate to qualify for a special Democrat primary before last week's deadline. He will face Williamson and any other independent or Libertarian candidates who qualify by July 2.

Despite being from the minority party in the General Assembly, Holcomb said he would support legislation and ideas from either party because "sound policy is sound policy."

"I'm less concerned about being in the minority than being new," he said. "I do intend to hit the ground running."

Members of the House Democratic Caucus approached him to run after Levitas said he would not seek re-election to a third term this year. Holcomb qualified May 19 at the Georgia Secretary of State's office in Atlanta.

Holcomb, 37, and his wife Kathleen, have been residents of the Northlake area since 2004, he said.

He is an Army veteran who served in Bosnia and Iraq. He serves as general counsel with an Atlanta brokerage firm and is a part-time instructor at Georgia Tech. He unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for Secretary of State in 2006.

Williamson, a Republican activist, has filed a declaration of intent with the state ethics commission to run as an independent in the Nov. 2 general election.

Williamson serves as finance director of the Georgia Young Republicans. This will be his first run for public office.

"I am running as an independent, going door-to-door in order to meet registered voters and gather the 3,000 signatures I need in order to appear on the ballot," Williamson said in a prepared statement.

"I have enjoyed meeting members of the community as I visit each neighborhood. This district is full of extremely nice, involved and educated voters."

Williamson is a project manager for a technology company. He is a member of the Northlake GMAC Toastmasters, a local Toastmasters International group.

"I look forward to representing a community where my family has a long history," Williamson said in the release. "My grandparents both graduated from Tucker High School and my dad grew up on Dresden Drive when it was still a dirt road.

"We need a representative in this district who knows the area and its needs and who will set and meet goals and represent the district with honor."

Williamson and his wife, Leah, have an infant son. Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced a special primary election to fill only the Democratic nomination following Levitas' withdrawal.

He had been the only candidate in either party to qualify by the April 30 deadline for the July 20 primaries before announcing May 6 he was withdrawing from the race.

Kemp later called a special District 82 Democratic primary to coincide with the regular party primary elections July 20 — saying state law allowed him to do so because no Republicans qualified for their primary

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