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Hembree to challenge Dugan for Georgia Senate seat
by Bill Baldowski
March 06, 2014 06:18 PM | 2590 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A familiar face has tossed his hat into the ring to challenge District 30 State Sen. Mike Dugan, R-Carrollton.

Former state lawmaker Bill Hembree of Winston, who served as the House District 67 representative for nine terms from 1992 through 1996 and 1999 through 2012, qualified today to face Dugan for the Republican nomination for the Senate seat representing parts of Douglas, Carroll and Paulding counties.

The two have locked political horns before.

Hembree resigned his House seat in 2012 to run in a special election for the District 30 Senate seat following the appointment of that seat’s occupant at the time, Bill Hamrick, as a Superior Court judge.

In that election, Dugan defeated Hembree in a runoff and then went on to defeat a Libertarian candidate for the seat.

Another race is also drawing renewed attention, that being for district attorney of Douglas County.

With the decision of incumbent Douglas County District Attorney David McDade not to seek re-election due to health reasons, the two candidates vying for the post have impressive legal backgrounds.

In alphabetical order, the candidates so far include Republican Brian Fortner and Democrat Elizabeth Dalia Racine.

Fortner started with the Douglas County district attorney’s office in 2000 as an assistant district attorney.

He served in that position until 2007 when he was appointed Douglas County solicitor general and then was elected to that post before returning to the DA’s office in 2012.

Racine also has impressive credentials in the DA’s office.

A Douglas County resident, she has been DeKalb County’s assistant district attorney for three years and, prior to that, served in the Fulton County’s DA’s office for seven years.

In the Georgia Senate, incumbent District 35 State Sen. Donzella James, D-Atlanta, who has served in the Senate since 2009 following a seven-year stint as a member of the House of Representatives, is facing the challenge of Republican Francisco X.R. Artley of Douglasville.

District 66 State Rep. Kimberly Alexander, D-Hiram, will face the challenge of former Republican state House member Bob Snelling in November if no others qualify by Friday. Alexander defeated Snelling for the seat in 2012.

However a majority of incumbents have yet to draw 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 nor David Everson have drawn opposition.

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