Primer for Georgia Elections 2022 – Updated March 17, 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

Jonathan “Jon” McColumn

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 announced his withdrawal from the race in February 2022. Jones, a former Democrat and state legislator from DeKalb County, is a staunch Trump supporter and endorsed David Perdue, another Trump lackey. He announced he would run for Congress from GA’s 10th District. Jones, a Black, switched from Democrat to Republican last year. According to the AJC, “Jones has recently tried to align himself with U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and other far-right members of Congress who have alienated many with their extreme views.”

Kandiss Taylor, Appling County educator.
See her Web Page

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

AJC: All about Vernon JonesVying for Trump’s support, Vernon Jones faces history of misconduct toward women

Georgia Lieutenant Governor

Democratic candidates

(IndieDems Note: For a complete list of the nine Democrats running for Lt. Gov, go to Atlanta Civic Circle)

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

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.

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.

Mack McGregor

READ MORE: Campaign filings show Jones, Miller close in GOP lieutenant governor race

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 & 7th U.S. Congressional Districts

The redrawing of the boundaries of the 6th District resulting from the 2020 census had a cascading impact on the political situation. The new map made the District more Republican than before. As a result, The Democratic incumbent Lucy McBath (Web page), changed her mind about running in the 6th and decided to run in the 7th Congressional District, first in the primary against the Democratic incumbent, Carolyn Bourdeaux. Neither incumbent lives within the district’s new boundaries.

According to the AJC, State Rep. Donna McLeod, the first Jamaican-born person to serve in the Georgia Legislature, is also a Democratic candidate in the 7th, “but the Lawrenceville resident is considered a long shot to win the primary.”

READ MORE

Republican Primary Candidates in the 7th District

Michael Corbin 

Elfreda Desvignes 

Yahanseh George

Mark Gonsalves

Mary West

6th U.S. Congressional District

Democratic Primary Candidates

Wayne White Web Page

Bob Christian – Ballotpedia

Kimberly Reuter

Republican Primary Candidates

Eight Republicans are running in the GOP primary to face off against the Democratic nominee in November.

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.
Facebook

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

John Gordan Another Trump lackey.

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