Julian Bond, a young Negro civil rights worker and pacifist, was re-elected to the House of Representative (lower house) of the state of Georgia on Wednesday (23 February) in a special election.
Julian Bond, a young Negro civil rights worker and pacifist, was re-elected to the House of Representative (lower house) of the state of Georgia on Wednesday (23 February) in a special election. A number of civil rights leaders, including the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., voted in the election because they are resident's of Mr. Bond's legislative district. Bond, who was unopposed, received 700 votes.
The seat was declared vacant after the House refused January 10th to seat Mr. Bond, the 26-year old publicity director of a civil rights organization. The legislators were angered by statements Bond had made condemning the United States involvement in the war in Viet Nam. Bond also criticized the draft in the United States. Bond is awaiting a ruling from the United States Supreme Court on the refusal of the Georgia House of Representatives to seat him.
However, his first term of office was for one year only and the term for which he was elected has already adjourned.
In order to be seated in the 1967 assembly, he must run again in the September primary and if he wins, run in the November General election.