With candidate qualifying having closed at noon today, the list of local Douglas County candidates is complete.
For the Douglas Country Commission District 4, Republican incumbent Ann Jones Guider will face Republican J.R. McCoy in the May 20 primary.
For Douglas Country School Board District 4, incumbent Republican Sam Haskell faces fellow Republican Lauren McCoy while on the Democratic side, three candidates are vying to face the winner of the Haskell-McCoy race.
Those Democratic candidates are Tyler Barr, Michelle Simmons and Denny Bridges.
In the general election on Nov. 4, Douglas County Commissioner Mike Mulcare, a Republican, will face the challenge of Democrat Leslie Golden.
For Douglas County School Board District 3, incumbent Republican Janet Kelly faces the challenge of Democrat Tracy Rookard.
In the race for solicitor general, Republican Matthew Krull, the incumbent, faces Democrat Sandra G. Dawson.
The following candidates face no opposition in either the primary or general election.
They include District 1 Commissioner Henry Mitchell III, Douglas County School Board District 2 representative D.T. Jackson and Douglas County Chief Magistrate Judge Susan Camp.
In other races to be decided in November, District 30 state Sen. Mike Dugan, R-Carrollton, meets former state lawmaker Bill Hembree.
In the race for Douglas County district attorney, Democrat Elizabeth Dalia Racine faces Republican Bill Fortner.
In the senate, District 35 Sen. Donzella James, D-Atlanta, who is the incumbent, faces the challenge of Francisco X.R. Artley of Douglasville.
In the House of Representatives for District 66. state Rep. Kimberly Alexander, D-Hiram, will face the challenge in November of former Republican state house member Bob Snelling.
However, a majority of incumbents are not facing opposition.
They include District 61 state Rep Roger Bruce, D-Atlanta, District 62 state Rep. LaDawn “LBJ” Jones D-Atlanta, District 65 state Rep. Sharon Beasley Teague, D-Red Oak, District 67 state Rep Micah Gravley, R-Douglasville and District 68 state Rep Dustin Hightower, R-Carrollton.
For judge of Douglas County Superior Court, neither incumbents Robert J. James or David Everson has drawn opposition.
(UPDATED FRIDAY AT 6:55 P.M. WITH NAMES OF CANDIDATES WHO QUALIFIED FRIDAY)
After starting with a flourish Monday, qualifying for the May 20 Democratic and Republican primary elections ended slowly Friday with only two local candidates filing their paperwork and paying their fees.
In the race to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Moultrie, Republicans Paul Broun, Art Gardner, Phil Gingrey, Derrick Grayson, Karen Handel, Jack Kingston and David Perdue and Democrats Steen Miles, Michelle Nunn, Branco Radulovacki and Todd Anthony Robinson qualified. All qualified Monday except Gardner and Perdue, which each did so Wednesday, and Grayson, Miles and Nunn, who did Thursday.
In local Congressional races, District 5 U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Atlanta, who represents part of Buckhead, and District 6 U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Roswell, who represents Sandy Springs, each qualified Monday, along with District 6 Democratic challenger Robert Montigel, who did so Wednesday.
In the race for District 11, which includes Vinings and part of Buckhead, with incumbent Gingrey running for U.S. Senate, six Republican candidates qualified: Bob Barr, Allan Levene, Edward Lindsey, Barry Loudermilk, L.G. “Larry” Mrozinski and Tricia Pridemore. All qualified Monday except Levene, Lindsey and Mrozinski, who did so Tuesday.
In the State Senate races, all of the local incumbents qualified but only one, District 32’s Judson Hill, R-Marietta, is unopposed. Two incumbents have opposition in the primary: District 36’s Nan Orrock, D-Atlanta, vs. Angela Stovall; and District 38’s Horacena Tate, D-Atlanta, vs. Reginald Crossley.
Three other incumbents are unopposed in the primary but will face challengers in the general election in November: District 39’s Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta, vs. Republican challenger Robert Tindall; District 6’s Hunter Hill, R-Smyrna, vs. Democrat Antron Johnson; and District 56’s John Albers, R-Roswell, vs. Democrat Akhtar Sadiq. All qualified Monday except Stovall, who did so Tuesday, Crossley and Tindall, who did so Wednesday, and Sadiq, who did so Friday.
In the State House of Representatives races, five of the six local candidates qualified and are unopposed. They are: District 48’s Harry Geisinger, R-Roswell; District 51’s Wendell Willard, R-Sandy Springs; District 52’s Joe Wilkinson, R-Sandy Springs; District 53’s Sheila Jones, D-Atlanta; and District 56’s “Able” Mable Thomas, D-Atlanta.
In the District 54 race to replace incumbent Lindsey, five candidates qualified. They are: Republicans Beth Beskin, Loretta Lepore, John McCloskey and Angelic Moore and Democrat Robert “Bob” Gibeling. McCloskey qualified Tuesday and the rest qualified Monday.
In the Public Service Commission elections, incumbent Republicans Doug Everett (District 1) and Bubba McDonald (District 4) each qualified Monday. Four District 4 challengers also qualified: Republicans Douglas T. Kidd and Craig Lutz, who filed their paperwork Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, and Democrat Daniel A. Blackman, who qualified Friday.
Several Fulton County Superior Court judge seats are up for re-election, and the following incumbents qualified in the nonpartisan races with no opposition: Jerry Baxter, Christopher Brasher, Robert McBurney and Craig Schwall. In contested judicial races, incumbent Tom Campbell faces challenger Thomas Cox and incumbent Kelly Amanda Lee battles challenger Patricia “Pat” Jackson. Also, Jane Barwick, Shelitha Robinson and Shondeana Crews-Morris each qualified to battle for incumbent Cynthia Wright’s seat. Wright is not seeking re-election. All qualified Monday except McBurney, who did so Tuesday, and Jackson and Schwall, who did so Wednesday.
Incumbent Fulton County State Court Judges Fred Eady, Eric Richardson and Jay Roth each qualified, with Roth filing his paperwork Tuesday and the others Monday.
In the Fulton County Board of Commissioners races, where the districts have been redrawn, Republicans Bob Ellis and Eric B. Broadwell (District 2) and Lee Morris and Cory Ruth (District 3) each qualified, with Broadwell doing so Wednesday, Ruth Thursday and the others Monday. In District 4, Democrats Joan Garner, the current District 6 commissioner, and challenger Eddie Lee Brewster, will face off after both qualified Monday.
In the new District 5, Democrats Marvin Arrington Jr., a former Fulton County Superior Court judge and Atlanta City Council member; Johnnie Gordon; Brenda Muhammad, a former Atlanta Board of Education member; Kwame Thompson and Advis Dell Wilkerson-Byrd will battle after Muhammad and Gordon qualified Monday, Wilkerson-Byrd Tuesday, Thompson Wednesday and Arrington Friday. In District 6, Democrats Bill Edwards, the current District 7 commissioner, and Emma Darnell, the current District 5 commissioner, and Republican Abraham Watson each qualified Monday. In District 7, Democrats Earl Cooper, John Eaves, the current District 1 at-large commissioner/chairman, and Robb Pitts, the current District 2 at-large commissioner, will battle. Cooper and Pitts qualified Monday and Eaves did so Wednesday.
In the nonpartisan Fulton County Board of Education races, only four of the seven members are up for re-election. Two have qualified with no opposition thus far: District 2’s Katie Reeves and District 5’s Linda McCain. In District 6, incumbent Catherine Maddox and challengers DeAndre S. Pickett and Joel L. Joseph qualified. In District 7, incumbent Julia Bernath and challenger Kathleen Wittschen also qualified. All qualified Monday except Bernath and Maddox, who each qualified Wednesday, Pickett, who did so Thursday, and Joseph, who did so Friday.
In the Cobb County Superior Court judge races, Ann Harris, Juanita Pierson Stedman and Nathan J. Wade qualified Monday to run for retiring incumbent Jim Bodiford’s seat. Bodiford is retiring. Incumbents Robert Flournoy and Robert Leonard II qualified Monday and have no opposition.
Almost the entire south Fulton delegation of state senators and representatives announced reelection plans by filing their qualifying paperwork with the secretary of state.
They are District 35 State Sen. Donzella James, D-Atlanta; District 38 State Sen. Horacena Tate, D-Atlanta; District 39 State Sen. and Democratic Whip Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta; District 55 State Rep. Tyrone Brooks Sr., D-Atlanta; District 60 State Rep. Keisha Waites, D-Atlanta; District 61 State Rep. Roger Bruce, D-Atlanta; District 62 State Rep. LaDawn Blackett Jones, D-Atlanta; District 63 State Rep. Ronnie Mabra, D-Fayetteville; District 64 State Rep. Virgil Fludd, D-Tyrone; and District 65 State Rep. Sharon Beasley-Teague, D-Red Oak.
Tate faces opposition in the Democratic primary from A. Reginald Crossley, an Atlanta resident and a Fulton County youth commissioner.
All others are running unopposed on May 20.
James will face Republican challenger Francisco X.R. Artley, a Douglasville minister, in November.
Likewise, Fort will defend his seat against Republican Realtor Robert W. Tindall of Buckhead.
District 16 State Sen. and Majority Leader Ronnie Chance, R-Tyrone, has decided not to run.
That leaves the field open for seven Republican hopefuls.
They are D.R. “Bob” Bernard, a builder from Fayetteville; David J. Studdard, and attorney from Fayetteville; Erik A. Manning, a project manager from Peachtree City; Gil B. Williams, a pilot from Tyrone; James W. Clifton, an attorney; M.H. “Marty” Harbin, an insurance agent from Tyrone; and W.G. “Bill” Johnston, an attorney from Griffin.
The qualifying period for the Federal Primary Election in Henry County ended today at noon.
Candidates qualified to run for the offices of commissioner in districts 3, 4 and 5, magistrate and state court judge, school board districts 4 and 5 and solicitor general.
Below is a list of names that will appear on the ballot on the May 20 election date.
-Commission District 3 candidates include democrat I. Darryl Payton, incumbent Republican Gary Barham, Republican Horace Brannan and Republican William Toney.
-Commission District 4 candidates are incumbent Republican Reid Bowman, Sr. and Republican Blake Prince.
- Commission District 5 only has one candidate the qualified, incumbent Democrat Bruce Holmes.
- School Board District 4 candidates are Virgil Brannon and Donna McBride, both non-partisan.
- School Board District 5 candidates are incumbent Erik Charles and Annette Edwards, both non-partisan.
- The State Court Judge is electing two seats; Jason T. Harper and Ben Studdard, both incumbents and non-partisan will be on the ballot.
- Solicitor General has one candidate who qualified, incumbent Trea Pipkin, nonpartisan.
- Magistrate Jude has one candidate who qualified, incumbent Robert Godwin, nonpartisan.
In Henry County districts 010, 073 and 078, incumbent Democrat Emanuel D. Jones, incumbent Republican John P. Yates, Democrat Mario Driver and Republican Christopher J. Deraney all qualified, respectively.
For District 017, 109, 110 and 111, Locust Grove resident and incumbent Republican Richard Jeffares, McDonough resident and incumbent Republican R. Dale Rutledge, McDonough resident and incumbent Republican Andrew Welch, McDonough resident and Democrat B. Kaye Shipley; Stobridge resident and Democrat James A. Nichols IV and Locust Grove resident incumbent Republican R. Brian Strickland all qualified, respectively.
For more information, visit www.co.henry.ga.us/registrars/Qualifying.shtml and www.gvrs.sos.state.ga.us/gaelection/candidate/details
Three Republicans will vie for the open Paulding Commission Post 3 seat and Post 2 Commissioner Todd Pownall will face a challenge from both Democratic and independent candidates in the November general election, according to a list of qualifiers for the positions finalized Friday.
Vernon Collett, Herb Allen and Richard Manous qualified for the county commission Post 3 seat being vacated by Tommie Graham, who is not seeking re-election.
Graham, who had earlier said he would seek re-election, said his decision to not seek re-election was not based on any specific issue the commission was facing.
"It's just not the right thing to do at this time," Graham said.
Manous is a member of the Paulding County School Board. Collett, who recently resigned as Paulding County Republican Party chairman, lost a 2010 race for the same commission seat to Graham.
Pownall was the only Republican to qualify for the Post 2 seat. He will face independent candidate Mike Pope of Dallas, and the winner of the May 20 Democratic primary between Patti Smith and George Patton “Pat” Hughes, both of Dallas.
Smith, who lives near Silver Comet Field, and Pownall have been vocal critics of a plan for commercial airline service at the airport off Rockmart Highway.
In addition, Republicans Tony Crowe and incumbent David Barnett qualified for the Paulding County Commission Post 4 seat. Barnett defeated Crowe in a runoff for the seat in 2010.
In Georgia General Assembly races, incumbent District 17 State Rep. Howard Maxwell will face a challenge in the May 20 Republican primary from product manager David Bond of Dallas.
District 30 State Sen. Mike Dugan, R-Carrollton, will face former longtime Georgia House member Bill Hembree of Winston for the Republican nomination May 20.
Hembree, a Douglasville insurance agent, served nine full terms representing House District 67 from 1992 to 1996 and from 1999 to 2012.
He resigned his House seat in 2012 to run in a special election for the District 30 Senate seat after Bill Hamrick was appointed to a Superior Court judgeship. Hembree was the top vote-getter in the Republican primary in that election, but Dugan forced Hembree into a runoff where Dugan defeated Hembree.
The winner will face Democrat James Harrison Nixon of Douglasville in the November general election.
District 66 State Rep. Kim Alexander, D-Hiram, will face Republican Bob Snelling of Douglasville in the November general election. In 2012, Alexander defeated Snelling, a former state House member, for the seat which represents a district that includes Paulding and Douglas counties.
District 19 State Rep. Paulette Braddock, R-Powder Springs, will face Democrat Sandra Fuller of Dallas in the November general election.
District 31 State Sen. Bill Heath, R-Bremen, will face Democrat Charles L.R. Winter of Hiram in the November general election.
The only Paulding legislator who will be unopposed in either the primary or general election will be District 67 State Rep. Micah Gravley, R-Douglasville.
Candidates who qualified for Paulding County local and state offices include:
Todd Pownall, Dallas (I)
Patti Smith, Dallas
Mike Pope, Dallas
Herb Allen, Hiram
Vernon Collett, Douglasville
Richard Manous, Hiram
David Barnett, Dallas (I)
Tony Crowe, Dallas
Nick Chester, Powder Springs (I)
Earl Cosgrove, Temple
Sammy McClure, Rockmart (I)
Kim Curl, Acworth (I)
Dick Donovan (I)
Superior Court Judge:
James Osborne (I)
State House of Representatives:
David Bond, Dallas
Howard Maxwell, Dallas (I)
Paulette Braddock, Powder Springs (I)
Sandra Fuller, Dallas
Bob Snelling, Douglasville
Kim Alexander, Hiram (I)
Micah Gravley, Douglasville (I)
Mike Dugan, Carrollton (I)
Bill Hembree, Winston
James Harrison Nixon, Douglasville
Bill Heath, Bremen (I)
Charles L.R. Winter, Hiram
I - incumbent
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