A Cherokee County attorney will toss her hat into the ring to become the next elected official to serve in the Georgia General Assembly.
Natalie Bergeron, who practices law in Woodstock, announced she will qualify to run for the Georgia House District 21 Seat, which has been vacated by State Rep. Sean Jerguson as he plans to run for the Georgia Senate District 21 seat.
Bergeron, 41, is a partner at Bass, Bergeron & Smith, PC. As part of her profession, Bergeron has worked on behalf of less fortunate children as a child advocate and Guardian ad Litem (a person appointed by a court to represent the best interests of children or an incapacitated individual) for hundreds of children in Georgia.
Understanding the need for action to protect the right of children in the state's juvenile justice system, Bergeron said she "felt called to act on her conviction."
Qualifying for both seats begins today and runs through Wednesday at noon at the Elections Division of the Office of Secretary of State, 802 West Tower, 2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive Southeast in Atlanta. The fee to qualify for each seat is $400.
Bergeron joins Republicans Scot Turner and Brian Laurens who also have announced their plans last week to run for the state house seat.
Along with Jerguson, Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Brandon Beach will also seek the senate seat.
That seat became vacant last Tuesday when former Senator Chip Rogers suddenly resigned.
The special election for both races will take place Tuesday Jan. 8, 2013 and anyone wishing to vote in the election must be registered by the end of the business day tomorrow.
Only 29 of the county's 42 voting precincts will cast ballots in the races. Click here to see which precincts will be asked to vote.
Bergeron graduated from Georgia State University's College of Law and she specializes in adoptions, divorce, child custody, child support, prenuptial agreements, domestic cohabitation agreements and real estate closings and litigation.
She lives in Holly Springs with her husband Chris.