This is the final, fourteenth part of the preview into contested Georgia primary races. This article looks at the remaining statewide races taking place down-ballot. I wrote about the governor’s and senator’s races last week.
Current Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is unopposed in the Republican primary. He had debated a run for governor, but instead decided to try to stay put in his current job.
Democrats Tricia Carpenter McCracken and Carol Porter are fighting for the nomination of their party. Porter is the wife of Democratic gubernatorial candidate DuBose Porter, which on its own is enough to think McCracken should receive the nomination. However, there is almost no information available on McCracken to deserve said endorsement. Therefore, I will abstain from endorsing either candidate in this contested race.
Libertarian Rhonda Martini, a dentist, will also be on the ballot in November.
Secretary of State
Republican Brian Kemp has held the office since the end of 2009, as Karen Handel resigned to pursue a run at the governor’s mansion. Doug MacGinnite, a former Sandy Springs councilman, is challenging him for the nomination. While the candidates’ positions are quite close, I must give the nod to Kemp based on his appearance in debates and his appearances at events and rallies. I’ve watched both side-by-side and it seems to me that Kemp is the more qualified candidate of the two. However, I would support either man in the general election.
Five Democrats are running for the nomination, leading to a potential runoff:
- Gail Buckner, current State Senator
- Gary Horlacher, attorney and fomer Democratic campaign manager
- Michael Mills, public relations consultant
- Angela Moore, union activist and Democratic campaign manager
- Georganna Sinkfield, current State Representative
Libertarian David Chastain will also be on the November ballot.
With three-term Democratic Attorney General Thurbert Baker setting his sights on the governor’s mansion, Republicans are seeking to capture this office. Three candidates – Sam Olens, Preston Smith, and Max Wood – are jockeying for the nomination.
Olens is currently Chairman of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners and the Atlanta Regional Commission. Wood is a former U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. Smith is currently serving his fourth term in the State Senate.
On the Democratic side, two attorneys face off – Dougherty County D.A. Ken Hodges and state Rep. Rob Tellhet.
Libertarian Don Smart will also be on the November ballot.
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
13. Northwest GA-6/9/11: July 19, 2010