It is not a conflict of interest for Kemp to remain as Secretary of State as he runs for Governor (understanding that he chose to step down regardless) In fact the Georgia Constitution contemplated that it would happen and has no provision limiting it. Here's how: The Constitution created the Secretary of State's office including the supervision responsibility of elections of state officials. There are no term limits for the SoS, a fact that necessarily permits the running for reelection by a sitting SoS. There is no Constitutional or statutory provision requiring the SoS to step down, recuse, or appoint an interim SoS during the time they are running for reelection. Therefor, if the SoS is permitted to supervise his or her own reelection for state office, it follows that it is not a conflict to perform that same task when the SoS runs for any other state office, including Governor.

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