GeorgiaTrend has an interview with Karen Handel. You can get a sense from the interview of why I like her.
Back when I was working in Washington, Karen called out of the blue to chat about her campaign. At the time I was leaning toward Bill Stephens, who has several shared friends with me. Karen pretty much won me over on the phone.
I had talked to several of the candidates running and Karen was the first one who really didn’t care whether it was on the record. She also talked first about the Secretary of State’s functions for businesses, securities, and professional licenses. That’s actually what sealed the deal with me.
Everyone connects the Secretary of State with elections. And that’s very important. Karen talked about that then and continues, as you can see in the GeorgiaTrend interview, to talk about the importance of fair, secure elections. But the Secretary of State’s office is hugely more important that just elections — a function primarily handled by the counties. It’s great to have a Secretary of State like Karen Handel who gets this (to be sure, Cathy Cox understood it too, but I was less than impressed with several of the candidates this past year who did not seem to understand the importance of the job beyond elections).