Primer for Georgia Elections 2022 – Updated January 14, 2022

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(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

Former UGA football star Herschel Walker entered the race on August 24. Political experts immediately anointed him the frontrunner, given his endorsement by former President Donald Trump. See IndieDems report.

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, Republican, entered the race on June 5, becoming the most prominent Republican to join the field. Black gas strongly attacked Walker’s policies on immigration and his history of violent behavior.

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

Jared Craig, trial attorney, is running in the Republican primaries both for U.S Senate and for Congress in the 3rd Congressional District in West Georgia

Josh Clark, former member of GA state House of Representatives and small business owner. Campaign website

James Nestor, author.

Georgia Governor

Democratic Candidate

Stacey Abrams announced her candidacy on December 1, 2021.

Republican Candidates

Brian Kemp, the Republican incumbent, faces GOP challengers.

Former U.S. Senator David Perdue announced his candidacy in December 2021. He is running, like Herschel Walker, as an avowed puppet of Donald Trump. Official website

Vernon Jones, a former Democrat and state legislator from DeKalb County, is a GOP primary challenger of Kemp. 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

READ MORE: Who is running in the Georgia governor race in 2022?

Georgia Lieutenant Governor

Democratic candidates

Charlie Bailey on January 9, 2022 announced he was switching from running for GA Attorney General and running instead for Lieutenant Governor. Bailey is a trial attorney and former Assistant District Attorney in Fulton County DA’s office. Bailey ran for Attorney General in 2018, narrowly losing to incumbent Republican Chris Carr. He is endorsed by former Gov. Roy Barnes, former Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor and U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson.
Web Page
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Jason Hayes, owner of a small medical practice in Alpharetta. He has no prior political experience. Campaign website

Renitta Shannon, member of the Georgia House of Representatives, representing District 84. Official website

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

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

Bryan Miller, grandson of the late Governor Zell Miller, announced his candidacy in late October. (Not to be confused with Republican Butch Miller).

Republican candidates

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

Republican contenders are lining up to run for the office. Jeanne Seaver, Republican activist from Savannah, announced her candidacy in 2021. Web Page

Georgia Senate President Pro Tem Butch Miller filed the paperwork to run for the seat shortly after Duncan announced his decision. (Not to be confused with Democrat Bryan Miller).

State Senator Burt Jones announced his candidacy on August 9, 2021. See the AJC report on his advocacy of far right-wing policies. Web site.

All three candidates are staunch supporters of Donald Trump and his claims that voter fraud in Georgia and other states produced Biden’s victory.

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.
Web page
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
Web page
(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.
Web Page

Lateefah Conner

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

Mark Daniel Clay
Jennifer Strahan

Libertarian Candidate

Angela Pence

Georgia 11th U.S. Congressional District

Republican candidate

Barry Loudermilk, incumbent.

Democratic candidates

Heather Kilpatrick, health care professional. Her career across healthcare has spanned 20 years and has included a broad range of specialties, from pharmacy and orthopedics to long term care and mental health.

Antonio Miguel Daza-Fernandez, small business owner, Hispanic/Latino immigrant, gay.

Beau Alexander Ryan Cannon, lives in Smyrna.

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.
Web page

Republican candidates

Nine Republicans are running in the GOP primary to face off against McBath in November. Below are the top four, in terms of the contributions to their campaigns as of 9/30/21. Click here for a list of all 6th District candidates.

Richard Dean McCormick, ER doctor in Suwanee, 20-year Marine veteran. Seven children.

Jake Evans, former ethics commission chair

Harold Earls, a retired U.S. Army veteran, native of Roswell, businessman.
Web page: https://www.earls.org

Former state Rep. Meagan Hanson announced her candidacy on July 12.
Web page: https://www.meaganhanson.com/

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, from Soperton. Resigned as Treutlen County’s probate judge to enter the race. In 2021 Hudson resolved an ethics complaint by agreeing not to run for a judgeship for the next seven years.
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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
Facebook

David Belle Isle, former Alpharetta Mayor
Web Page

Democratic candidates

State Rep. Bee Nguyen, an Atlanta Democrat and “outspoken advocate for expanding voting rights,” who by September 2021 had “built a formidable edge in fundraising and endorsements,” according to the AJC.

Michael Owens, an African American former Cobb County Democratic chair who has run two unsuccessful races for U.S. House. Currently in private business.

Floyd Griffin, former African American State Senator and mayor of Milledgeville.

John Eaves, African American, former Fulton County Commission Chairman.
Web page

Manswell Peterson, an African-American native of Albany, GA. and a veteran whose career has been in law enforcement. In July, Georgia’s ethics commission opened an investigation into the campaign finance figures filed by Peterson, after revelations about a pattern of questionable disclosures.

IndieDems note: As of December 30, 2021, we are unable to confirm that Peterson is still an active candidate. We have been unable to access his web sites. His last Facebook post was apparently in early September.

Georgia Attorney General

Democratic Candidate

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 2018.
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Web Page
Media report: Carr steps down from Republican AGs group under fire for robocall

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