sunny.png
Monday May 17th, 2021 8:48PM

Hall, Franklin head to runoff for rest of John Lewis’ term

By The Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall and former Morehouse College President Robert Franklin advanced to a runoff in Tuesday’s special election to fill the short remainder of the late John Lewis’ term in Congress.

Hall and Franklin led five other candidates in Georgia’s 5th Congressional District, but no one won a majority.

Voters will be called back to the polls for the Dec. 1 runoff, deciding whether Hall or Franklin will get only a month in Congress representing the Atlanta-centered district. The November general election between Republican Angela Stanton King and Democrat Nikema Williams will decide who serves the full two-year term that begins in January. Neither was on Tuesday’s ballot.

Lewis died in July from pancreatic cancer after 17 terms in Congress. Because he died after winning the primary election, Georgia Democrats chose a new nominee without a primary, placing Williams, the party chair and a state senator, on the November ballot.

Three Democrats didn’t advance after Tuesday’s vote: retiring state Rep. “Able” Mable Thomas, former state Rep. Keisha Waites and Barrington Martin II, a teacher who lost the Democratic primary to Lewis earlier this year.

Independent Steven Muhammad and Libertarian Chase Oliver also ran in the district that covers parts of Fulton, DeKalb and Clayton counties.

The race mostly revolved around the legacy of Lewis, whose history as a civil rights leader and international celebrity made him a standout in Congress. Candidates promised to work on big issues and bring a moral voice to Washington, despite the short term of the office.

Franklin, now a professor at Emory University, raised the most money of anyone running — almost $130,000, including $20,000 of his own. The 66-year-old reemphasized Tuesday as results came in that his experience and training would allow him to pick up Lewis' mantle and bring “moral clarity” to Congress, saying he would focus on COVID-19 relief, voting rights and reducing police violence against African Americans. The latter two of those issues are unlikely to make any progress in Congress before January.

Hall, who lost a race for Atlanta mayor after three terms on the City Council, said he was called to the race by a sense of “personal obligation.” The 49-year-old said he would try to make the district a pilot site for efforts to fight COVID-19 and to spend more on infrastructure.

Thomas served 22 years in the state House over three separate terms and ran unsuccessfully for the congressional seat twice against Lewis. The 62-year-old, who is stepping down from the state House, ran on her record, saying she got things done, even when Republicans controlled Georgia.

Waites lost a June Democratic primary in the 13th Congressional District to incumbent Rep. David Scott. She said she would focus on immediate COVID-19 relief concerns, seeking to expand which businesses are eligible for aid, educate business owners about eligibility and do more to get unclaimed federal stimulus checks into the hands of individuals.

___

Follow Jeff Amy on Twitter at http://twitter.com/jeffamy.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Online Congress News, AP Elections, General Election News, AP Online - Georgia News, AP Online Headlines - Georgia News
© Copyright 2021 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Hall, Franklin head to runoff for rest of John Lewis’ term
Former Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall and former Morehouse College President Robert Franklin are advancing to a Dec. 1 runoff in the special election to fill the remainder of the term of the late John Lewis
9:37PM ( 10 minutes ago )
The Latest: Biden: 'Right now, I'm the Democratic Party'
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden says he is the leader of his party
9:27PM ( 19 minutes ago )
The Latest: Trump, Biden clash over Supreme Court vacancy
The first face-off between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden is coming over a clash concerning a president’s prerogative to push through an election-year Supreme Court nominee
9:23PM ( 23 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
US Chamber of Commerce parts ways with top strategist
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has parted ways with its longtime political strategist, as the organization, once a Republican stalwart, has demonstrated a more bipartisan spending streak
8:18PM ( 1 hour ago )
Trump chose Barrett days after Ginsburg's death, papers show
President Donald Trump offered to name Judge Amy Coney Barrett his Supreme Court nominee — and she accepted — more than a week ago at the White House
8:16PM ( 1 hour ago )
Trump, Biden push into crucial first 2020 campaign face-off
President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden prepared to face off Tuesday night in their crucial first debate of the 2020 campaign
8:14PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Online Headlines - Washington
Unfriendly skies: Airline workers brace for mass layoffs
About 40,000 workers in the airline industry are facing layoffs on Thursday unless Congress comes up with another aid package
5:23PM ( 4 hours ago )
House approves bill to combat doping in horse racing
The House has approved a bill to create national medication and safety standards for the horse racing industry to discourage use of performance-enhancing drugs that can lead to horse injuries and deaths
5:02PM ( 4 hours ago )
Pair of endorsements adds more fuel to Georgia Senate race
A pair of new high-profile endorsements are adding fuel to an already contentious special election for a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia
4:56PM ( 4 hours ago )
AP Online Congress News
Stocks end lower ahead of first debate between Trump, Biden
Stocks ended with moderate losses Tuesday as investors waited for the first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden
5:21PM ( 4 hours ago )
Biden releases 2019 taxes as pre-debate contrast with Trump
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden paid nearly $288,000 in federal income taxes last year, according to returns he released just hours before his debate with President Donald Trump
4:19PM ( 5 hours ago )
Banks, technology companies lead stock indexes broadly lower
Banks and technology companies led stocks broadly lower on Wall Street Tuesday, reversing some of the gains the market made in a rally a day earlier
4:11PM ( 5 hours ago )
AP Elections
Stocks move lower as investors wait for presidential debate
Stocks were lower in mid-morning trading as the market cooled off following a rally the day before and as investors waited for the debate later Tuesday between former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump
11:07AM ( 10 hours ago )
Iowa again a battleground, sign of Trump's Midwest obstacles
Is Iowa regaining swing state status
10:49AM ( 10 hours ago )
Voter purge case going before Wisconsin Supreme Court
The Wisconsin Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in a case that could result in the purging of about 130,000 people from voter rolls in the hotly contested battleground state
10:19AM ( 11 hours ago )
General Election News
Court to release grand jury record in Breonna Taylor case
A court will release the secret deliberations of a grand jury that considered charges against police in connection to the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor
6:58PM ( 2 hours ago )
A capsule look at the Reds-Braves playoff series
A capsule look at the best-of-three playoff series between the Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves beginning Wednesday
6:08PM ( 3 hours ago )
Zalatoris getting a PGA Tour card a question of when and how
Will Zalatoris will be getting a PGA Tour card
5:53PM ( 3 hours ago )
AP Online - Georgia News
The Latest: Biden: 'Right now, I'm the Democratic Party'
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden says he is the leader of his party
9:27PM ( 20 minutes ago )
The Latest: Trump, Biden clash over Supreme Court vacancy
The first face-off between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden is coming over a clash concerning a president’s prerogative to push through an election-year Supreme Court nominee
9:23PM ( 24 minutes ago )
Trump, Biden spar over Supreme Court, health care
President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden are squaring off Tuesday night in their crucial first debate of the 2020 campaign
9:22PM ( 26 minutes ago )
LEADING OFF: Wild, 8-game day opens with Bauer vs Fried
How’s this for wild: MLB is set to stage eight postseason games on the same day for the first time
9:01PM ( 46 minutes ago )
California prosecutor: Driver tried to kill Trump supporters
The organizer of a Southern California rally against racism has been charged with attempted murder after driving her car into a crowd of counterprotesters
9:00PM ( 48 minutes ago )