While we do our best to keep a dialogue on all Georgia politics, the front page group is relatively small, and limited in geographic coverage. A friend of mine from Baldwin county emailed me yesterday asking my opinion on the House District 141 race, and I told her I would have to get one.
Travis Fain has framed the race as follows:
It will be a four-way race to replace former state Rep. Bobby Parham in the statehouse.
Angela Gheesling-McCommon, executive director of the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Development Authority, and local businessman Darrell Black filed for the race for state House District 141 on Tuesday, joining longtime lobbyist Rusty Kidd and 22-year-old Casey Tucker. District 141 encompasses Baldwin County and part of Putnam County.
Black, 56, owns Flooring America of Milledgeville, according to paperwork filed with the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office. He’s lived in Baldwin County four years and lists himself as a Democrat, though technically the Nov. 3 special election to replace Parham, D-Milledgeville, will be nonpartisan.
Black is the only candidate in the race listed as a Democrat, and he said his party “will be mentioned in all my ads and speeches.”
Gheesling-McCommon, 46, also has lived in Baldwin County four years, according to her candidacy affidavit. Attempts to reach her Thursday were not successful. She lists herself as a Republican.
Kidd was the first entrant into this race, announcing shortly after Parham decided to retire from the House of Representatives to take a seat on the State Transportation Board. He hasn’t said whether he’ll caucus with Republicans or Democrats if elected and lists himself as an independent on his candidacy affidavit.
Kidd, 63, is the son of the late Culver Kidd, a well-known and longtime Democratic legislator, and he’s lived in Baldwin County most of his life, according to his affidavit.
Tucker, 22, has also filed to run in this race. He lists himself as a Republican who has lived in Baldwin County two years.
He is a recent graduate of Georgia College & State University, according to his Web site.
With our resident Millegeville expert deployed in Afghanistan, Peach Pundit is free to endorse Karen Handel in this race. (Hi Jace!). But we will hold off doing that just yet, in an attempt to hide our overwhelming blind love for the Secretary of State.
In the mean time, if anyone can contribute to the discussion of how this race is shaking out, please do.