Democrats Lose Top Prospect to Take on Jill Chambers in HD 81

I discovered this news as I was searching the campaign disclosures on Friday.  The presumed Democratic challenger to Rep. Chambers, Doraville City Councilman Jason Anavitarte, rasied $0 for this period.  Buried deep in the comments on this Blog for Democracy post yDgBilly reports that Anavitarte has dropped out of the race and that he’ll run for Mayor of Doraville and/or run for Dan Weber’s Senate seat in a few years.  yDgBilly also reports that Rob Roche will be the Democratic candidate in HD 81, whoever that is. 

More coverage of this over at Dorablog.   

This has got to be disappointing news for the Democrats to lose their top prospect to take on the most vulnerable Republican in the State House.  Put this on top of the retirees and party switchers and the chances of Democrats winning back the house look slimmer and slimmer each day. 

6 comments

  1. buzzbrockway says:

    Thanks for the info decaturguy. I think Rep. Chambers has done a pretty good job but she’s in a swing district and will be faced with this situation for a long time.

  2. billy says:

    The district is becomming less “swing” every year. Furthermore, the voter turnout is so low that a decent field campaign could get a ham sandwich elected against Chambers.

    Sucks that Jason dropped out, but I don’t think it is the worst thing in the world yet. Rob Roche is a decent guy and if he works hard he’ll beat Jill Chambers. Also, you never know who might throw their hat in the ring yet.

    My question is this, “What is Jill Chambers thinking?” Sure, she has played the politics of that district fairly well the past few years. However, she lacks the conservative credentials to let her in the leadership door at the capitol and she will always have to work extremely hard to get re-elected. Certainly, she also knows that eventually someone will beat her – and probably soon. What would you do if you were her? I’ve known her long enough to know that she wont switch parties (as much as that possibility gets thrown around on this blog like some choice marginally easier than what you have for breakfast).

    So, yeah, even if this year’s election is doable for her, what do you think is going through her head about the future?

  3. atlantaman says:

    “Furthermore, the voter turnout is so low that a decent field campaign could get a ham sandwich elected against Chambers.”

    Low voter turnout would probably be one of the reasons Chambers continues to win. Her grassroots efforts are unmatched.

  4. Decaturguy says:

    “A decent field campaign could get a ham sandwich elected against Chambers.”

    Geez … if that is true, how inept are the Democrats that she keeps getting re-elected.

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