This second-to-last piece in the GA Primary 2010 series looks at three districts which make up the northwest portion of the state and the northwest portion of Metro Atlanta.
The 9th district covers north Georgia from the Alabama and Tennessee border eastward to Hall County and is the only district with a contested Congressional race. The 6th district, covering Cobb, Cherokee, and north Fulton counties, and the 11th district, covering an area from west Cobb County north to Rome and west to the Alabama border, has no contest in the national races, but plenty of down-ticket action.
Republican Tom Graves is the incumbent, but barely. He has already run in and won a special election and runoff against these same candidates to assume Nathan Deal’s seat, and at this point there is no reason why he should not be elected in his own right to a full term. His challengers are Lee Hawkins, Chris Cates, Bert Loftman, Bobby Reese, and Steve Tarvin. No Democrat has gotten involved in this battle, wither during the special electino or the regular election.
S-31: Paulding/Polk/Haralson/Bartow County
Republican Incumbent Bill Heath faces a challenge from businessman Pete Bridges. On the Democratic side, businessman Tracy Gene Bennett is unopposed.
S-37: NW Cobb County; Marietta/Kennesaw/Acworth
Republican Incumbent John Wiles faces a challenge from contractor and business owner Lindsey Tipppins.
S-49: Hall/Jackson County
Republican Incumbent Butch Miller is being challenged by realtor Jimmy Norman. No Democrat is on the ballot.
S-52: Floyd/Gordon/Bartow County (Incumbent Preston Smith (R) is running for Attorney General)
Republicans Jeff Knight, a realtor, and Barry Loudermilk, an IT business owner, are attempting to fill this now-vacated seat. Democrat Mike Burton is unopposed.
S-53: Catoosa/Walker/Dade/Chattooga County
Republican Incumbent Jeff Mullis faces two challengers, retiree Jim Pope and businessman Jeremy Jones. No Democrat is on the ballot.
S-54: Whitfield/Murray County (Incumbent Don Thomas is retiring)
Republicans Charlie Bethel of the Dalton City Council and former Fairmount mayor Steve Brannon are trying to take over this vacant seat. No Democrats are on the ballot.
S-56: North Fulton County (Incumbent Dan Moody is retiring)
Three Republicans – attorney David Belle Isle, North Fulton Chamber of Commerce president Brandon Beach, and small business owner and Scouting troop leader John Albers are vying for this seat tomorrow, with no Democrats on the ballot. All three candidates support the creation of a separate county named Milton County to be a wholly separate entity from the rest of Fulton County. Milton County was merged with the rest of Fulton in the 1930’s.
Republican Rep. Tom Weldon is facing a primary challenger in local business owner Tom Dooley.
No Democrat is on the ballot.
Republican incumbent Roger Williams is being challenged by businessman Dennis Mock. Williams has held this seat from 1977 to 1986, and again from 2001 to the present. No Democrat is on the ballot.
Republican Rep. Tom Dickson is seeking a fifth term, but is being challenged byformer Whitfield County Commissioner Mike Cowan. Democrat Tommy Patterson is unopposed.
H-14: Rome/Cartersville (Incumbent Barry Loudermilk (R) is running for S-52)
This is one of only two races (the other being H-158 in South Georgia) with contested primaries on both sides of the ballot.
- Republican: businessman Greg Bowen, attorney Christian Coomer, and attorney Shep Helton
- Democrat: account specialist Dan Ledford and paralegal Jessica Weaver-Stoll
Republican incumbent Paul Battles seeks a second term, but faces consultant Hayden Collins. No Democrat is on the ballot.
Republican incumbent Daniel Stout has two challengers this year in his quest for a third term – marketing business owner Paulette Rakestraw Braddock and construction business owner Steve Golden. Democrat Will Avery is unopposed.
Republican incumbent Charlice Byrd is being challenged by 20-year old Michael Caldwell, a recent graduate from Kennesaw State University. Democrat Lillian Burnaman, a teacher, is unopposed.
H-24: Suwanee/Cumming (Incumbent Tom Knox (R) is running for Insurance Commissioner)
Republicans Mike Dudgeon, Anna McManus, and Douglas Wright are attempting to fill this vacant seat. No Democrat is on the ballot.
In my home district, Republican incumbent Judy Manning is being challenged by small business owner Buddy Simpson. Democrat challenger Kevin Hagler, a student at Kennesaw State University, is unopposed.
Democrat Incumbent Terry Johnson is being challenged by Mark Koch. Republican consultant Jason Shepherd is unopposed.
Republican incumbent Sharon Cooper faces opposition in the primary from consultant Calvin Rhodes. Democrat Diane Lore is unopposed.
1. Unopposed candidates stump: July 1, 2010
2. Cobb GOP BBQ and Straw Poll: July 3, 2010
3. Southeast Georgia Races: GA-1, Brunswick, Waycross, St. Mary’s: July 6, 2010
4. Southwest Georgia Races: GA-2, Albany, Fort Valley, Columbus: July 7, 2010
5. West Georgia Races: GA-3: July 7, 2010
6. Central Georgia Races: GA-8 & GA-12: July 10, 2010
7. Central Georgia Races: GA-10: July 12, 2010
8. Atlanta: GA-5: July 13, 2010
9. East Atlanta: GA-4, July 14, 2010
10. Senate and Governor, July 14, 2010
11. Atlanta Suburbs, GA-13: July 16, 2010
12. Atlanta Suburbs, GA-7: July 18, 2010