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Races set for Georgia's May 19 primary

By AccessWDUN staff

Qualifying for Georgia's primary on May 19 ended at noon, and several intriguing races are now set.

In Hall County, voters will find competitive races for sheriff, county commission chairman, coroner and clerk of superior court on the primary ballots.

And a number of counties will have competitive races for sheriff. Besides Hall, voters in Dawson, Jackson, Lumpkin and White counties will have sheriff's races on the ballot.

Incumbents leaving the Georgia General Assembly to run for Congress have opened up seats in the legislature. Sen. Renee Unterman, Sen. John Wilkinson and Rep. Kevin Tanner are all running for Congress this year, and candidates have lined up to replace them in Atlanta.

In the race to fill former U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson's unexpired term, 21 candidates have qualified, including six Republicans, eight Democrats, four independents, a Libertarian, a Green Party candidate and a write-in candidate. The most high profile names are U.S. Rep. Doug Collins of Gainesville and Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who Gov. Brian Kemp appointed to the position until the special election can be held in November. No primary will be held and all 15 candidates will face each other in the same election.

In his re-election bid, U.S. Sen. David Perdue drew no Republican opposition. But seven Democrats qualified for the May primary and the right to face Perdue in November.

Nine Republicans and two Democrats qualified for the Ninth District House being vacated by Collins. Nine Republicans and one Democrats are vying for the 14 District seat being vacated by Tom Graves. And seven Republicans and six Democrats are vying for the Seventh District seat being vacated by Rob Woodall.

In all Georgia voters will decide two U.S. Senate seats, 14 U.S. House seats, all 236 seats in the Georgia General Assembly, and countless local offices from county commissioner and sheriff to coroner and surveyor.

Here is a list of qualifiers as of 4:45 p.m. Friday. Some counties may not have reported all qualifiers, so this list may be updated.

CONGRESS

U.S. Senate (Johnny Isakson’s unexpired term): Doug Collins, Derrick E. Grayson, Anita Jackson Davis, A. Wayne Johnson, Kelly Loeffler and Kandiss Taylor qualified as Republicans. Deborah Jackson, Jamesia James, Tamara Johnson Shealey, Matt Lieberman, Joy Felicia Slade, Ed Tarver, Raphael Warnock and Richard Dien Winfield qualified as Democrats. Al Bartell, Allen Buckley. Michael Todd Greene, Valencia Stovall qualified as independents. John “Green” Fortuin qualified as a Green Party candidate.Brian Slowinski qualified as a Libertarian. Rod Mack has qualified as a write-in candidate. No primary will be held. All candidates from all parties will face each other in a special election in November.

U.S. Senate (the seat held by David Perdue): David Perdue qualified as a Republican. Sarah Riggs Amico, Marckeith DeJesus, James Knox, Tricia Carpenter McCracken, Jon Ossoff, Maya Dillard Smith and Teresa Pike Tomlinson qualified as Democrats. Shane Hazel qualified as a Libertarian.

U.S. House, Seventh District: Lisa Noel Babbage, Mark Gonsalves, Lynne Homrich, Zachary H. Kennemore, Rich McCormick, Renee S. Unterman and Eugene Yu qualified as Republicans. Carolyn Bourdeaux, John Eaves, Nabilah Aishah Islam, Zahra S. Karinshak, Brenda Lopez Romero and Rashid Malik qualified as Democrats. Incumbent Rob Woodall chose not to seek re-election.

U.S. House, Ninth District: Michael Boggus, Paul Broun, Andrew Clyde, Matt Gurtler, Maria Strickland, Kevin Tanner, Ethan Underwood, Kellie Weeks and John K. Wilkinson qualified as Republicans. Devin Pandy and Dan Wilson qualified as Democrats.

U.S. House, 14th District: John D. Barge, Ben Bullock, Kevin Cooke, John Cowan, Clayton Fuller, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Andy Gunther, Bill Hembree and Matt Laughridge qualified as Republicans. Kevin Van Ausdal qualified as a Democrat. The seat is being vacated by Rep. Tom Graves.

 

HALL COUNTY LEGISLATIVE RACES

Senator, District 49: Incumbent Butch Miller qualified as a Republican..

Senator, District 50: Andy Garrison, Dan Gasaway, Stacy Hall, Bo Hatchett, Tricia Lynne Hice and Lee Moore qualified as Republicans. Dee Daley qualified as a Democrat. The incumbent, John Wilkinson, has qualified for the Ninth District congressional race.

Representative, District 27: Incumbent Lee Hawkins qualified as a Republican.

Representative, District 29: Incumbent Matt Dubnik qualified as a Republican. Pat Calmes qualified as a Democrat.

Representative, District 30: Incumbent Emory Dunahoo qualified as a Republican. Leigh Miller qualified as a Democrat.

Representative, District 103: Incumbent Timothy Barr, Derrick McCollum and Donald Schmidt both qualified as Republicans. Clifton Marshall qualified as a Democrat.

 

HALL COUNTY

Chairman, Board of Commissioners: Incumbent Richard Higgins, Bobby Banks and Judy D. Sartain qualified as a Republican.

Board of Commissioners, District 2: Incumbent Billy Powell and David Gibbs IV qualified as a Republican.

Board of Commissioners, District 4: Incumbent Jeff Stowe qualified as a Republican.

Clerk of Superior Court: Incumbent Charles Baker, Jennifer Garrett Gibbs, Brad Rounds and Laura Stiner qualified as a Republican.

Coroner: Incumbent Marion Merck and Doug Forrester qualified as a Republican.

Probate Court Judge: Incumbent Patty Walters Laine qualified as a Republican.

Sheriff: Incumbent Gerald Couch, Kris Hall, Mitch Taylor and David P. Williams qualified as Republicans.

Surveyor: Incumbent Chris Patton qualified as a Republican.

Tax Commissioner: Incumbent Darla Eden qualified as a Republican.

Board of Education, Post 3: Incumbent Craig Herrington qualified as a Republican.

Board of Education, Post 4: Incumbent Nath Morris qualified as a Republican.

Chief Magistrate Judge: Incumbent Margaret Gregory qualified as a Republican.

State Court Judge: Incumbent John Gage Breakfield qualified for the nonpartisan race.

State Court Judge: Incumbent and B.E. "Gene" Roberts III qualified for the nonpartisan race

 

OTHER NORTH GEORGIA LEGISLATIVE RACES

Senator, District 27: Incumbent Greg Dolezal qualified as a Republican. Brooke Griffiths qualified as a Democrat.

Senator, District 45: Sammy Baker, Clint Dixon, Noemi Puntier qualified as Republicans. Ernie Anaya, Matielyn Jones and Richard Smith qualified as a Democrats. Arthur Tripp Jr. qualified as an independent. Incumbent Renee Unterman is seeking the Seventh District congressional seat.

Senator, District 47: Incumbent Frank Ginn qualified as a Republican. Dawn Johnson qualified as a Democrat.

Senator, District 51: Incumbent Steve Gooch qualified as a Republican. June Krise qualified as a Democrat.

Representative, District 8: Stan Gunter and Steve Townsend qualified as a Republican. Dave Cooper qualified as a Democrat. Incumbent Matt Gurtler is running for the Ninth District congressional seat.

Representative, District 9: Steve Leibel, Doug Sherill, Clint Smith, Tyler Tolin, Zach Tumlin and Will Wade qualified as Republicans. Sharon L. Ravert qualified as a Democrat. Incumbent Kevin Tanner is running for the Ninth District congressional seat.

Representative, District 10: Victor E. Anderson, Robert A. Crumley and Jimmy Dean qualified as Republicans. Nick Mitchell qualified as a Democrat. Incumbent Terry Rogers has said he won’t seek re-election.

Representative, District 24: Incumbent Sheri Smallwood Gilligan qualified as a Republican. Natalie Bucsko qualified as a Democrat.

Representative, District 25: Incumbent Todd Jones qualified as a Republican. Christa Olenczak qualified as a Democrat.

Representative, District 26: Lauren W. McDonald III qualified as a Republican. Jason Boskey qualified as a Democrat. Rep. Marc Morris, R-Cumming, is the incumbent.

Representative, District 28: Incumbent Chris Erwin qualified as a Republican.

Representative, District 31: Incumbent Tommy Benton qualified as a Republican. Pete Fuller qualified as a Democrat.

Representative, District 97: Incumbent Bonnie Rich qualified as a Republican. Mary Blackmon Campbell qualified as a Democrat.

Representative, District 98: Incumbent David Clark qualified as a Republican. Taeho Cho qualified as a Democrat.

Representative, District 102: Incumbent Gregg Kennard qualified as a Democrat. Soo Hong qualified as a Republican.

Representative, District 104: Incumbent Chuck Efstration qualified as a Republican. Nakita Hemingway and Andrea Stephenson qualified as Democrats.

Representative, District 114: Incumbent Tom Kirby qualified as a Republican.

Representative, District 116: Incumbent Terry England qualified as a Republican.

Representative, District 117: Incumbent Houston Gaines qualified as a Republican. “Mokah” Jasmine Johnson qualified as a Democrat.

 

BANKS COUNTY

Chairman, Board of Commissioners: Charles Turk and Will Ramsey qualified as Republicans. Incumbent Jimmy Hooper has announced he will not seek re-election.

Board of Commissioners, District 2: Incumbent David Duckett, Bo Garrison and Jason Hensley qualified as Republicans.

Board of Commissioners, District 4: Robert (Bob) Blackwell, Keith Gardiner, Brad McCook and William Reems qualified as Republicans. The incumbent, Charles Turk, is running for commission chairman.

Clerk of Superior Court: Incumbent Tim Harper qualified as a Republican.

Coroner: Incumbent Mark Savage qualified as a Republican.

Probate Judge: Incumbent Helen Hewell qualified Monday.

Sheriff: Incumbent Carlton Speed qualified as a Republican.

Surveyor: Incumbent Andy Jordan qualified as a Republican.

Tax Commissioner: Incumbent Becky Carlan qualified as a Republican.

Board of Education, Post 1: Incumbent Anthony Seabolt qualified as a Republican.

Board of Education, Post 2: Incumbent Wes Whitfield qualified as a Republican.

Board of Education, Post 4: Incumbent Atha Dalton qualified as a Republican.

Chief Magistrate Judge: Incumbent Ivan Mote and Noel Brown Ventrice qualified for the nonpartisan race.

 

BARROW COUNTY

Probate Judge: Tammy Brown qualified as a Republican.

Chief Magistrate: Caroline Evans qualified as a Republican.

Tax Commissioner: Jessica Garrett qualified as a Republican.

Chairman, Board of Commissioners: Pat Graham qualified as a Republican.

Board of Commissioners, District 1: Joe Goodman qualified as a Republican.

Board of Commissioners, District 2: Bill Brown and Jason Hensley qualified as a Republican.

Board of Commissioners, District 3: Rolando Alvarez qualified as Republican.

Clerk of Superior Court: Janie Jones qualified as a Republican.

Coroner: David Crosby qualified as a Republican.

Sheriff: David Crosby qualified as a Republican.

Board of Education, District 5: Lynn Stevens qualified as a Republican.

Board of Education, District 6: Rickey Bailey qualified as a Republican.

Board of Education, District 8: Jordan Raper qualified as a Republican.

 

DAWSON COUNTY

Chairman, Board of Commissioners: Incumbent Billy Thurmond and Renee Duran qualified as Republicans.

Board of Commissioners, District 2: Incumbent Chris Gaines qualified as a Republican.

Board of Commissioners, District 4: Emory Dooley and David Pressley qualified as Republicans.

Clerk of Superior Court:  Incumbent Justin Power qualified as a Republican.

Coroner: Ted Bearden qualified as an independent.

Probate Judge: Jennifer Burt qualified as a Republican.

Sheriff: Incumbent Jeff Johnson, Jeff Perry and Marcus Sewell qualified as Republicans.

Surveyor: Incumbent Donald Rex Jones qualified as a Republican.

Tax Commissioner: Nicole Stewart qualified as a Republican.

Board of Education, District 1: Incumbent Doris N. Cook qualified as a Republican.

Board of Education, District 2: Incumbent Elaine Wilson qualified as a Republican.

Board of Education, District 4: Roger Slaton qualified as a Republican.

Chief Magistrate: Tony Tarnacki qualified as a Republican.

 

FORSYTH COUNTY

County Commissioner, District 2: Alfred John qualified as Republican.

County Commissioner District 4: Incumbent Cindy Jones Mills, Kenny Anderson, Amy Barfield and Brandy Bevis qualified as Republicans.

County Commissioner, District 5: Incumbent Laura Semanson qualified as Republican.

Clerk of Superior Court: Incumbent Greg G. Allen qualified as a Republican.

Coroner: Paul W. Holbrook and Ted Paxton qualified as Republicans.

Probate Court Judge: Daisy Weeks-Marisiko qualified as a Republican.

Sheriff: Incumbent Ron H. Freeman qualified as a Republican.

Tax Commissioner: Incumbent Matthew C. Ledbetter qualified as a Republican.

Board of Education District 3: Incumbent Tom Cleveland and Barry S. Herrin qualified as Republicans.

Board of Education, District 4: Incumbent Darla Sexton Light qualified as Republican.

Board of Education, District 5: Lindsey Adams and Bibi Lopez qualified as Republicans.

State Court Judge: Incumbent T. Russell McClelland III qualified for the nonpartisan race.

Chief Magistrate: Incumbent Walker H. Bramblett qualified for the nonpartisan race.

 

GWINNETT COUNTY

Chairman, Board of Commissioners: George Awuku, Marcia L. Neaton and David Post qualified as Republicans. Nicole Love Hendrickson, Andy Morgan, Desmond Nembhard, Curt Thompson and Lee Thompson Jr. qualified as Democrats.

Board of Commissioners, District 1: Laurie McClain and Jacqueline Tseng qualified as Republicans. Kirkland Carden qualified as a Democrat.

Board of Commissioners, District 3: Ben Archer, Matt Dereimer and Kim Walker qualified as Republicans. Roger Marsol, John Henry Moye Jr., Justin Walsh, Jasper Watkins III and Derrick Wilson qualified as Democrats.

Clerk of Superior Court: Tiana Garner qualified as a Democrat.

Probate Judge: Incumbent Christopher A. Ballar qualified. This race is non-partisan.

Sheriff: Luis “Lou” Solis Jr. and Keith Van Nus qualified as Republicans. Curtis Clemons, Keybo Taylor, Benjamin J. Haynes, Floyd Scott and Keybo Taylor qualified as Democrats.

Board of Education, District 1: Incumbent Carole C. Boyce qualified as a Republican. Segun Adeyina and Karen Watkins qualified as Democrats.

Board of Education, District 3: Incumbent Mary Kay Murphy qualified as a Republican. Tanisha Banks qualified as a Democrat.

Board of Education, District 5: Tarece Johson and Louise Radloff qualified as Democrats.

State Court Judge: Incumbent Shawn Bratton and Matt Miller qualified for the nonpartisan race.

State Court Judge: Incumbent Carla E. Brown qualified for the nonpartisan race.

State Court Judge: Incumbent Emily Brantley qualified for the nonpartisan race.

State Court Judge: Veronica Cope qualified for the nonpartisan race.

Chief Magistrate: Incumbent Kristina Hammer Blum qualified. This race is non-partisan.

Tax Commissioner: Incumbent Richard Steele qualified as a Republican. Regina Carden, Maureen McIvor and Tiffany Porter qualified as a Democrat.

 

HABERSHAM COUNTY

Board of Commissioners, District 1: Jeffrey Todd Lunsford, Christopher Bruce Palmer and Benny Pate qualified as Republicans. Incumbent Stacy Hall has announced he will run for State Senator, District 50.

Board of Commissioners, District 4: Incumbent Natalie Adams Crawford, Trent Davis and Bruce Harkness qualified as Republicans.

Board of Commissioners, District 5: George Locke Arnold, Randy D. Miller and Tim Stamey qualified as a Republican. Mike Adams qualified as a Democrat.

State Court Judge: Incumbent M. Steven Campbell qualified nonpartisan Monday.

Sheriff: Incumbent Joey Terrell and Sam Jones qualified as a Republican.

Solicitor General: Incumbent Bill Oliver qualified as a Republican.

Probate Judge: Incumbent Pam Wooley, Cindy Franklin Freeman and John W. Whitfield qualified as Republicans.

Chief Magistrate Judge: Incumbent Gerald Johnson qualified as a Republican.

Clerk of Superior Court: Incumbent David Wall qualified as a Republican.

Coroner: Incumbent Kasey McEntire qualified as a Republican.

Board of Education, District 1: Incumbent Doug Westmoreland qualified as a Republican.

Board of Education, District 2: Incumbent Robert Harold Barron qualified as a Republican.

 

JACKSON COUNTY

Chairman, Board of Commissioners: Incumbent Tom Crow qualified as a Republican.

Board of Commissioners, District 1: Incumbent Jim Hix qualified as a Republican. Jamie Mitchem qualified as a Democrat.

Board of Commissioners, District 2: Incumbent Chas Hardy and Tommy Rainey qualified as Republicans. Brodriche D. Jackson qualified as a Democrat.

Clerk of Superior Court: Incumbent Camie Wilkes Thomas qualified as a Republican.

Coroner: Incumbent Keith Whitfield and Shannon Stephens qualified as Republicans.

Probate Judge: Incumbent Sherry C. Moore qualified. This position is non-partisan.

Sheriff: Incumbent Janis G. Mangum and Johnny Wood qualified as Republicans.

Surveyor: Incumbent Warren S. Wood qualified as a Republican.

Tax Commissioner: Incumbent Candace Taylor Heaton and Wesley Thomas Colley qualified as Republicans.

Board of Education, Post 1: Rob Johnson, Mark J. Kuczka, Blake Rodenroth and Rick Sanders qualified as Republicans.

Board of Education, Post 4: Incumbent Lynne Massey Wheeler qualified as a Republican.

Solicitor: Gabriel Bradford and Jim R. Davis qualified as Republicans.

State Court Judge: Incumbent Robert D. Alexander qualified for the nonpartisan race.

Magistrate Judge: Incumbent Ben Green qualified for the nonpartisan race.

 

LUMPKIN COUNTY

Chairman, Board of Commissioners: Incumbent Chris Dockery qualified as a Republican.

Board of Commissioners, District 1: Incumbent David Miller qualified as a Republican. Janet Barger qualified as an independent.

Board of Commissioners, District 2: Incumbent Bobby Mayfield qualified as a Republican.

Clerk of Superior Court: Incumbent Rita Harkins qualified as a Republican.

Coroner: Incumbent Jim Sheppard qualified as a Republican.

Judge of Probate Court: Incumbent Michael A. Chastain qualified for the nonpartisan race.

Sheriff: Incumbent Stacy Jarrard and Jack Jones qualified as a Republican.

Surveyor: Incumbent John Gaston qualified as a Republican.

Tax Commissioner: Mike Young qualified as a Republican.

Board of Education, District 1: Incumbent Mera Ferguson Turner and Ryan Scott qualified for the nonpartisan race.

Board of Education, District 3: Incumbent Jim McClure qualified for the nonpartisan race.

Chief Magistrate Judge: Incumbent Randy Michael Pruitt qualified for the nonpartisan race.

 

WHITE COUNTY

Chairman, Board of Commissioners: Incumbent Travis Turner qualified as a Republican.

Board of Commissioners, District 1: Incumbent Terry Goodger and Jerry Nicholson qualified as Republicans.

Board of Commissioners, District 4: Incumbent Craig Bryant qualified as a Republican.

Clerk of Superior Court: Incumbent Dena Adams qualified as a Republican.

Coroner: Incumbent Ricky Barrett qualified as a Republican.

Probate Judge: Don Ferguson, Cam Greene, Carol Jackson and Randall Townley qualified as Republicans. Incumbent Garrison Baker has announced he will not seek re-election.

Sheriff: Aaron Autry, William Garrett, Rick Kelle, John Murphy and Jeffery JB Ramey qualified as Republicans. Incumbent Neal Walden has announced he will not seek re-election.

Tax Commissioner: Incumbent Cindy Cannon qualified as a Republican.

Surveyor: Incumbent Eddie C. Hood qualified as a Republican. J. Miles Head qualified as a Democrat.

Chairman, Board of Education: Incumbent Missy Jarrard and Carly Saxon Adam qualified as Republicans.

Board of Education, District 1: Incumbent Jon Estes qualified as a Republican.

Board of Education, District 3: Incumbent Charlie Thomas qualified as a Republican.

Chief Magistrate: Corey Dean Hyde qualified for the nonpartisan race.

 

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