Never before have I approached a general election with as much uncertainty of how I will vote when I reach the ballot box than for what I will face on Tuesday. A large number of my votes will be decided as I type down the Diebold machine.
Normally, when I (and I’m guessing most other contributors) post who we’re voting for, it’s not an effort to influence so much as an act of disclosure. We can and do pontificate throughout the election season, but at the end of the day, there is only one vote, and that is the record that stands.
This cycle, however, this post is a bit different. There are some races I feel strongly about. Others, completely indifferent. And a few, I still don’t know enough about the cadidates to even make the right decision. The fact that I am fairly new to residency in Cobb County doesn’t help with the local races, either.
Thus I would prefer the comments below to be directed at the races for which I am undecided. You’re not going to change my mind on US Senate or Lt. Governor, and I’m fairly set on Governor for this round. SOS, AG, and Ag are locked.
But the others, please tell me why I should vote FOR your candidate/position. Platitudes without specifics will be ignored. Rants against the other candidate(s) in that race will receive no merit from me.
With that is mind, this is where I am as of today:
US Senate: Firm for Johnny Isakson
Governor: Weak protest vote for John Monds; Still may write in David C. Byrne
Lt. Governor: Firm for Carol Porter
Secretary Of State: Firm for Brian Kemp
Attorney General: Firm for Sam Olens
Agriculture Commissioner: Firm for Gary Black
Commissioner Of Insurance: These are really my choices?
State School Superintendent: Most likely John Barge
Commissioner Of Labor: leaning Darryl Hicks; Will not be Mark Butler
Public Service Commissioner: Leaning against Tim Echols
US Congress: Mike Crane
State Senate: Beth Pollard
State House: ?
Justice, GA Supreme Court: David Nahmias
Court of Appeals: I need a 3-way coin; McFadden, Schaeffer, Gunter
Cobb Superior Court Judge: I need some help here, both races
Cobb State Court Judge: Yeah, Don’t know these folks either
Amendments 1: Hell no
Amendment 2: Right issue, wrong funding mechanism. NO
Amendment 3: Yes
Amendment 4: Yes
Amendment 5: Yes
Statewide referendum: No