I guess you could also call this a voter guide, I’m not giving a full description of who I cast or may cast my ballot for – but rather to the names I’ve whittled it down too. Rip the list apart at your leisure.
Governor:Jeff Chapman, Karen Handel, or Eric Johnson
Secretary of State: Undecided.
Attorney General: Max Wood
Insurance Commissioner: Gerry Purcell or Dennis Cain
Labor Commissioner: Melvin Everson
Agriculture Commissioner: Gary Black
School Superintendent: Richard Woods
PSC: Jeff May
GA-8: Austin Scott
In a Republican primary I would have ghost voted Lt. Governor, and voted for my local incumbents Jimmy Pruett and Ross Tolleson. However, in the alternative:
Governor: Dubose Porter
Lt. Gov: Carol Porter
Attorney General: Rob Teilhet
Insurance Commissioner: Undecided
Labor Commissioner: Terry Coleman
Agriculture Commissioner: Undecided
School Superintendent: Brian Westlake
I think a lot of my choices are predictable for people, and most of these candidates I’ve had the chance to personally engage. There are exceptions, but not many. I’m going to take a few moments to talk about a few of these races as I chose.
Governor: You’ll notice I’m wavering on a couple of candidates on one side – I’m waiting for the home-run that says “I can win this.”Fancy endorsements don’t impress me much. On the other hand, I like Dubose better than the other Democratic candidates.
AG: I think Max Wood is the most qualified candidate we have had for this position. A US Attorney basically fulfills the same job duties that the AG does, just on different levels. I think Preston Smith is a great guy and that Sam Olens would be a great Lt. Governor, Mayor or some other type of executive. But when I look at the AG position I want an outsider with no political ambition with experience in the court room and managing a law practice. Wood has that. I picked Rob over Hodges because – well. I don’t really like either.
Insurance: I think Dennis Cain is a great guy and knows what needs to be done. I’m just afraid he can’t win. Purcell is a lot like Cain, and I think he’s better positioned to win.
Labor: I think Everson and Coleman are going to win their primaries. I also think it’s funny a man from Dodge County is running against someone born in Wilcox County in a Statewide race.
School: I was really impressed with Richard Woods when he came through this area. This is an important position, and I hope whomever gets this job fixes our school system.
GA-08: Austin Scott is the man. I use to say Mac Collins could work a room like no other politician I have ever seen, but Austin has changed my mind. He’s got a great team that is working hard – and I think a lot of people are going to be surprised.