Nineteen years after his first stint in the Georgia House ended, Mitchell Kaye took the oath of office May 17 as the representative from district 45.
Kaye raised his right hand and placed his left on a chumash (a Torah published in book form) held by his wife, Amy, and grandsons Caleb and Ari Kaye, as the oath was administered by Georgia Supreme Court Associate Justice John J. Ellington. Also present in the House chamber were fellow Cobb County Republican Reps. Sharon Cooper, Devan Seabaugh and Don Parsons.
Kaye will represent district 45 until the General Assembly — which adjourned its 2022 session on April 5 — convenes in January 2023. The district covers sections of eastern Cobb County and Roswell in Fulton County. He is not seeking election to a full two-year term.
Kaye, a Republican, won 57 percent of the vote in a May 3 non-partisan runoff to defeat Dustin McCormick in the contest to fill the remaining months in the term of Republican Matt Dollar, who resigned in February to become deputy commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia.
“There is important work that’s done outside the 40-day legislative session, fleshing out important public policy issues for the next session and beyond, in addition to crucial constituent services. Although I may not participate in any legislative session, unless a special session is called, I am reminded from Pirkei Avot (Ethics of our Fathers) that ‘you are not required to complete the task, yet you are not free to withdraw from it,’” Kaye recently told the AJT.
Kaye, a member of Chabad of Cobb, represented House district 37 from 1993 to 2003 and is believed to have been the first Jewish Republican elected to the Georgia legislature. He is a financial and valuation analyst who has lived in East Cobb for more than 30 years.
McCormick, a Democrat, is seeking a two-year term from district 45 and in November will face the winner of the May 24 Republican primary between Cooper, who currently represents district 44, and Carminthia Moore, a Cobb County Republican activist.
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