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Stovall challenges Orrock for Senate seat
by Nicole Dow
April 30, 2014 10:33 AM | 2425 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Nan Orrock
Nan Orrock
Angela Stovall
Angela Stovall
Challenger Angela Stovall will face incumbent Nan Orrock in the May 20 Democratic primary election for the District 36 Georgia Senate seat.

District 36 includes Midtown, downtown Atlanta and south Fulton County.

Orrock said she’s running for re-election because she wants to continue her service to her district.

“The work I’m here to do has not been finished,” she said.

Orrock said she is the best candidate for the job due to her experience as a state legislator. 

“I have a deep understanding of the policy issues that are facing our state,” she said. “I have knowledge and expertise in the budget — both the state dollars and the federal dollars. I have a track record of being an important voice for the communities that I represent.”

Before first being elected to the Senate eight years ago, Orrock was a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 1986 to 2006, where she was the first woman elected as House majority whip. She also has been involved in an array of organizations and civic groups including the Sapelo Foundation, Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda, Forever Family and Women’s Action for New Directions.

Stovall, an executive director of a nonprofit, finished third in the seven-person 1997 District 1 Atlanta City Council race. She is a native of southeast Atlanta who was born and raised in District 36.

“With my 15 years of experience in training and development, I see the opportunity for new leadership that is willing to be actively engaged on all levels,” she said. “Effective and efficient representation occurs when leadership is engaged with the community. More people need to be educated about the civic process and the importance of their involvement as state government regulates our daily lives.”

Stovall said she is the best candidate for the Senate seat because she believes in teamwork and is willing to work with those with differing opinions.

In addition to running for city council, her political experience also includes assisting in field operations for several political campaigns and serving as a poll worker. Stovall also has been active in organizations including Neighborhood Planning Unit Y, the community relations board of the U.S. Penitentiary of Atlanta, Ellaboo’s Angels Ovarian Cancer Foundation and the Benteen Elementary School Parent Teacher Association.

Meet the Candidates

Name, age: Nan Orrock, 70

Occupation: president of the Women Legislators’ Lobby

Education: bachelor’s degree in English, Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia, 1965

Top three issues: education, jobs and healthcare

Family: divorced; adult sons Jesse and Danny

Campaign website:

Name, age: Angela Stovall, 38

Occupation: executive director of Sisters In Action Inc.

Education: studied business administration at Georgia Southern University; bachelor’s degree in technical management, DeVry University, 2009; pursuing master’s degree, business administration, Keller Graduate School of Business

Top three issues: organization, collaboration and communication 

Family: divorced; children Felipe’, 15, and Bianca, 13

Campaign website:

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