Killer Mike Campaigns for Seat in Georgia House of Representatives

Killer Mike Campaigns for Seat in Georgia House of Representatives
Back in April, Atlanta-based State Representative Tyrone Brooks resigned, leaving a vacancy in District 55 of the Georgia House of Representatives. There will be an election to fill the position tomorrow (June 16), and Run the Jewels rapper Killer Mike has put forth his name as a candidate.

The rapper's name isn't actually on the ballot, but he made an Instagram post today (June 15) encouraging voters to vote for him as a write-in candidate. He's campaigning under his real name, Michael Render (so voters probably shouldn't write "Killer Mike").

The rapper urged voters, "In Atlanta Georgia there will be special election tomorrow for District 55. Former state representative Tyrone Brooks no longer sits in the seat. I would like as many people as possible to go to the polls and write in Michael Render. Why because if I win we win. Thank you now go vote." That's his promo image above.

Killer Mike has emerged as a political figure in the past year, since he's penned open letters and op-eds on topics like the uprisings in Ferguson and the violence in Baltimore. His campaign for the House of Representatives is rather last-minute, since the filing deadline for candidates was April 30.

Update: It looks like Killer Mike's campaign was too late, and he's not eligible as a write-in candidate. He is planning to run in the future, however. See Mike's latest message below.
 
 

I can't run 😞 BUT 😀 For the folks that were willing to Write in #MichaelRender Thank U so Much. I am gonna run one day and WE WILL WIN. However in Ga I wud have to officially enter as a "write in" vs being an Actual Write in (those are the breaks) but, I really felt it important to draw attention to this race. We have BIG Problems in education, schools and prison reform in Ga and I I wanna see change. I wanna see Yall active in Local politics. The fact that ya'll are willing to support me shows change is possible and while I run around rapping with @thereallyrealelp doing #RunTheJewels for the next few yrs I want ya'll to get & stay active and Run for office! We need more New and fresh ideas & people! Now Tomorrow yall choose between two sisters, a Junior & a white indie (really republican and I'm cool with that too if he does the job so give him a look) I suggest yall Google them read up tonight and GO VOTE tomorrow! I will Run In the Future and We Will Win! Love and Respect Michael Render #Vote #District55 #TomorrowInGeorgia #DontWriteMeInYet #IwannaKeepRapping #MyWifeStillLikesStripClubs #MyOGwantMeToRunDoe #GetAvtive #ChangePolitics #ISeeICanRunAndIWillOneDay #ThankYall make sure yall watch me on #TheNightlyShow with Larry Wilmore at 11:30 est. 🇺🇸 #GoVote

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