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The May 21 Georgia Primary AND Judicial Elections

By Thomas
May 12, 2024

The elections in Georgia on May 21 are generally billed as primary contests for Democratic and Republicans candidates. But tucked away on the ballot are two “non-partisan” elections for judges that will actually be decided on May21.

The U.S. House Seat in the 11th Congressional District

Two Democrats—Antonia Daza and Katy L. Stamper—are competing in the primary race for the U.S. 11th Congressional District. The Republican incumbent, Barry Loudermilk, is facing two Republican primary challengers, Lori Pesta and Michael Pons.

Daza was born in Venezuela and earned a bachelor's degree from the Colegio Universitario Monseñor de Talavera in 2002 before moving to Georgia and earning a bachelor's degree from Oglethorpe University in 2021. According to Ballotpedia, Daza says he challenged authority from a young age, and his worldview crystallized around democratic values and fighting oppression. His political activism in Venezuela put him at odds with the Venezuelan government, and he sought asylum in the U.S. in 2003.

Antonio founded Daza Dance in 2008 and has participated in Atlanta’s cultural community ever since. He believes that too may Americans are hindered in reaching their full potential due to discrimination, a lack of opportunities, and a lack of resources. As a U.S. Congressman, he will advocate policies designed to provide all Americans with adequate health care and education. He strongly supports comprehensive federal voter protection legislation.

According to Ballotpedia, Katy Stamper was born in Texas. She received a high school diploma from Temple High School, a bachelor's degree in political science from Emory College, and a J.D. from the University of Georgia in 1986. Stamper served in the U.S. Army. Her career experience includes working as a lawyer and managing a small business. On her campaign website, Stamper says as a U.S. Representative, she will “take on the issues that affect everyday Americans, the same issues being ignored by self-serving career politicians.” Her priorities:

  • Prices need to be reduced. “Our economy exists to serve Americans; Americans do not exist to serve an economy or the 1%.”
  • Protect Social Security. and Medicare. Americans have paid in to Social Security for all of their working years, and rely upon it. It must be our nation’s priority.
  • Women Deserve Respect and Dignity. “Non-women should not displace us or intrude into women’s and children’s sports and bathrooms.”

Non-partisan Judicial Offices to be Decided on May 21

One seat on the Georgia Supreme Court is being contested. The candidates are not running under political party banners, but their careers pretty well show their political leanings. Former Democratic U.S. Rep. John Barrow is challenging incumbent Justice Andrew Pinson for a six-year term.  Republican Gov. Brian Kemp appointed Pinson in 2022 and this is his first time facing election. Three other Supreme Court Justices are running unopposed.

One incumbent on the Georgia Court of Appeals is not running for re-election and the seat is being contested, between Jeff Davis and Tabitha Ponder. In past primaries, Davis has usually voted Republican, and Ponder usually Democratic. Davis runs a general civil and criminal law firm where he often advises government entities on ethics and compliance issues. Ponder is a part-time magistrate judge for Cobb County and runs a mediation practice with Miles Mediation and Arbitration. She has mainly focused on injury law and real estate.

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