Georgia Elections 2022: A Primer

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Georgia Elections 2022 Primer – June 16, 2021

(The following is a current snapshot of state-wide races in Georgia and of some Congressional races. It is a work in progress. Additional information will follow as candidates enter or withdraw from races).

Get ready for the 2022 elections in Georgia

Basic information on your personal registration, voter status:
Georgia My Voter Page
More details on absentee voting (vote by mail), polling places, election dates:
Georgia Secretary of State Elections Division

County elections offices are excellent sources:
Cobb County (https://www.cobbcounty.org/elections)
Cherokee County (http://voter.cherokeega.com/)

The Facebook and Web pages of candidates are among the best sources of information on candidates. For a neutral viewpoint, go to Ballotpedia.org and type a candidate’s name into the search box. In Georgia, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ajc.com is an excellent source.

The 2022 Races

United States Senator

Democratic Candidate

Newly elected Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock was elected last year in a special election to fill out the remaining two years of former Sen. Johnny Isakson’s term and faces election for a full Senate term in 2022.

Republican Candidates

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, Republican, entered the race on June 5, becoming the most prominent Republican to join the field

Kelvin King, a Marietta-based contractor and prominent Black supporter of Donald Trump, was the first Republican to announce a challenge to Raphael Warnock.
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Latham Saddler–a Navy veteran, banking executive, and former White House official during the Trump administration, has announced his bid.
Former Navy SEAL, Trump admin official Latham Saddler enters Georgia Senate race

A possible Republican contender, former Georgia U.S. congressman Doug Collins, announced on April 26 that he would not seek any statewide office in 2022.

A dark horse Republican candidate is former Bulldog great Herschel Walker. He reportedly is talking privately about running, and Trump has publicly encouraged him to run. Walker is currently living in Texas, where he has lived for much of his adult life, and would have to move to Georgia to run for the Senate.

Georgia Governor

Republican Candidates

Incumbent Republican Brian Kemp faces GOP challengers.

Vernon Jones, a former Democrat and state legislator from DeKalb County, announced earlier this month that he would challenge Kemp in the GOP primary. Jones, a Black, switched from Democrat to Republican this year, and is a staunch Trump supporter. AJC: All about Vernon Jones Vying for Trump’s support, Vernon Jones faces history of misconduct toward women

Kandiss Taylor, Appling County educator.
See her Web Page

Georgia 14th U.S. Congressional District

Democratic Candidates

Marcus Flowers, veteran & defense contractor. Endorsed by former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young, former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland.
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NEWSWEEK
AJC: Democratic veteran challenges ‘twisted’ QAnon-promoting Greene

Holly McCormack, “dirt Road Democrat running against Marjorie Taylor Greene in #GA14. I’m a band mom, small business owner, and *actually* from NW Georgia.” Lives in Ringgold and runs an insurance agency out of Chattanooga
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(The) Independent: Meet the woman running against Marjorie Taylor Greene

Wendy Davis, a resident of Rome since her freshman days at Berry College and a Rome City Commissioner since 2013. She has worked in federal, state, and local offices.
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Republican Candidates

Marjorie Taylor Greene, the incumbent elected in 2020.
Media report:Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Efforts to Disrupt Work of Congress Opposed by 18 Republicans

Georgia 6th U.S. Congressional District

The political situation in the 6th is more unsettled than usual because the district’s boundaries are subject to being redrawn before the 2022 election due to redistricting as a result of the 2020 census. Since Republicans will be in charge of the redistricting, the result will be designed to favor Republicans over Democrats. Which Republican may benefit is also to be determined. For an overview of the 6th’s political turmoil, see the May 4 AJC report.

Democratic candidate

Incumbent Lucy McBath.

Republican candidates

Eric Welsh, retired U.S. Army colonel and Coca-Cola executive.

Harold Earls, also a retired U.S. Army veteran.

Other potential Republican candidates: state Sen. Brandon Beach, Georgia ethics commission chair Jake Evans and former state Rep. Meagan Hanson.

Georgia Lieutenant Governor

Democratic candidates

State Rep. Derrick Jackson, three terms representing a Fayette-based district. Veteran of two decades of service in the U.S. Navy.
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See also: Georgia 2022: Democratic lawmaker jumps in LG race

State Rep. Erick Allen, a consultant from Smyrna. Elected GA House in 2018.
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See also: CBS46

Republican candidates

Geoff Duncan, the Republican incumbent, announced on May 17 that he will not run for re-election.

Republican contenders are lining up to run for the office. Jeanne Seaver, Republican activist from Savannah, announced her candidacy earlier this year. Web Page

Georgia Senate President Pro Tem Butch Miller filed the paperwork to run for the seat shortly after Duncan announced his decision. Other potential contenders include state Sens. Steve Gooch and Burt Jones.

Georgia Secretary of State

Republican candidates

Brad Raffensperger, the incumbent Republican, is running, but stirred up a hornet’s nest among pro-Trump Republicans by refusing to go along with President Trump’s pressure to alter the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. As a result, Raffensperger has several GOP primary opponents.

T.J. Hudson resigned as Treutlen County’s probate judge to enter the race.
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Jody Hice, U.S. Representative. Announced his candidacy in March, and has Trump’s endorsement, making him the frontrunner.
Official web page
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David Belle Isle, former Alpharetta Mayor
Web Page

Democratic candidates

State Rep. Bee Nguyen, an Atlanta Democrat and “outspoken advocate for expanding voting rights,” according to the AJC.

Floyd Griffin, former African-American State Senator and mayor of Milledgeville, announced in early June he had formed an exploratory committee to consider a run for the position.

John Eaves, African-American, former Fulton County Commission Chairman.

Manswell Peterson, an African-American native of Albany, GA. and a veteran whose career has been in law enforcement.

Georgia Attorney General

Democratic Candidates

Charlie Bailey. Trial attorney, former Assistant District Attorney in Fulton County DA’s office. Bailey in 2018 narrowly lost his challenge to incumbent Republican Chris Carr.

Endorsed by former Gov. Roy Barnes, U.S. Reps. Hank Johnson and Lucy McBath, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, and Douglas County DA Dalia Racine. Cobb County District Attorney Flynn Broady withdrew his endorsement of Charlie Bailey after Democrat Jen Jordan entered the race. Broady said he would now remain neutral in the Democratic primary.
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State Senator Jen Jordan. Sandy Plains attorney, elected to state Senate in 2018. Her district represents a slice of suburban Atlanta. Jordan gained recognition in 2019 with an impassioned speech opposing a bill providing for one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the U.S. Jordan’s campaign is chaired by DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston, one of the state’s most prominent Black prosecutors.
Media report: Jen Jordan is running for attorney general in Georgia
Web Page
Atlanta Magazine: The Passion of Jen Jordan: How an unlikely politician became the new voice of Georgia’s Democratic party

Republican Candidate

Chris Carr, the incumbent. Carr was first appointed to the office of Attorney General by Governor Nathan Deal in 2016, upon the resignation of Sam Olens, who left to become President of Kennesaw State University. Carr, a longtime Deal ally, was serving at the time as economic development commissioner. He defeated challenger Bailey in 1018.
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Web Page Media report: Carr steps down from Republican AGs group under fire for robocallDemo

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