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Congressional elections lead primary races
by Everett Catts
ecatts@neighbornewspapers.com
July 25, 2012 05:37 PM | 2069 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
While many local candidates are unopposed, Tuesday’s primary election will have several contested races for Buckhead, Sandy Springs and Vinings voters to decide.

In Congress, District 5 incumbent John Lewis, D-Atlanta, faces former Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson, with the winner to battle Republican Howard Stopeck in November.

District 6 incumbent Tom Price, R-Roswell, has no Republican opposition but will face one of two Democrats — Jeff Kazanow or Robert Montigel — in November.

District 11 incumbent Phil Gingrey, R-Marietta, will face William Llop and Michael Opitz in the GOP primary, with the winner battling Democrat Patrick Thompson.

In the state Senate, there are two contested races. In District 6, Republicans Josh Belinfante, Drew Ellenburg and Hunter Hill are battling, with the winner meeting incumbent Doug Stoner, D-Smyrna, who is unopposed in the primary. District 38 State Sen. Horacena Tate, D-Atlanta, faces Reginald Crossley in the Democratic primary.

In the state House of Representatives, there are three contested races in the primary. District 53 (formerly 44) incumbent Sheila Jones, D-Atlanta, will face fellow Democrats Jason Esteves and Robert Patillo. In the newly drawn District 57, incumbent Pat Gardner, D-Atlanta, will face Rashad Taylor, D-Atlanta, who was the incumbent in District 55 before part of it merged with District 57. In District 56, Democrats Kenneth and former State Rep. “Able” Mable Thomas are battling for the seat vacated by retiring incumbent Kathy Ashe, D-Atlanta.

District 54 State Rep. Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta, has no GOP rivals but will square off against Democrat Lynn Brown McKinney of Atlanta in the general election.

Incumbent Fulton County Sheriff Theodore “Ted” Jackson will face fellow Democrats Frank L. Brown, Curtis S. Farmer and Richard Lankford, a former Fulton sheriff, and Charles Shelton.

Incumbent Tax Commissioner Arthur E. Ferdinand will take on John Jamont and R.J. Morris in the Democratic primary.

In another Democratic race, incumbent Solicitor General Carmen Smith will square off with Teri Walker.

All probate, state court and superior court of Atlanta judges in the race are unopposed, except incumbent Fulton County Superior Court Judge Todd Markle, who will battle Clarence R. Johnson Jr., and the Fulton County State Court judge election between Melynee Leftridge and Jane Morrison, who are battling for the seat vacated by Brenda H. Cole.

Incumbent Clerk of Superior Court Cathelene “Tina” Robinson will face Boyd C. Chisholm, Rodney J. Fowler and Lewis L. Pittman in the Democratic primary.

Surveyor Bill Daniel faces no Republican challenger and will run unopposed in November.

— Senior Staff Writer Noreen Lewis Cochran contributed to this report.
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