Georgia Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson announced his resignation effective Dec. 31 from the U.S. Senate in late August. Isakson’s deteriorating health issues, including Parkinson’s disease, kidney cancer and four-fractured ribs, compelled his decision to leave Capitol Hill with three years left in his current term.

 

His resignation leaves two open U.S. Senate seats from Georgia. Gov. Brian Kemp (R) will appoint an interim senator until the state elects a permanent successor in November 2020.

Isakson’s retirement grants Democrats an additional opportunity in their efforts to take control of the Senate again.

Matt Lieberman, the son of former V.P. candidate and Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.), is the first Democrat to announce his candidacy for the open seat in the November 2020 election.

“I am running because I am fed up with the do-nothing politicians who care more about getting reelected than governing. The people of Georgia deserve representatives that will fight the NRA, stand up for reproductive rights, and support policies to ensure every American has access to quality, affordable health care,” Lieberman stated.

The small-business owner, former teacher, and nonprofit founder announced his campaign launch with a video featuring the single father’s two daughters. 

Liberman announced his bid without full Democratic-leadership backing meaning multiple candidates are likely to run. Standard special election procedure in Georgia calls for candidates from all parties to run on a single ballot. If no candidate receives over 50 percentage points, the candidates with the highest percentages advance into a Jan. 5, 2021, runoff.