Qualifying Week Er, Half Week Begins

The time for talk is over. It’s time to plunk down some cash and run for office. Qualifying begins this morning at 9 AM all across Georgia.

Secretary of State Kemp will be posting names of those running for State and Federal offices in real time on his website.

I’ll be updating the spreadsheets periodically as well: House candidates here, Senate candidates here.


  1. TigerLily says:

    Understand the registration process is a bit of a mess at the moment. People are qualifying but the districts are not all correct and those who are incumbents, some are listed as such while others aren’t. Love opening day kinks 😉

  2. Scott65 says:

    I feel like I need to say this…its very rare in politics and in ones political thought to make a 180 degree change about the opinion you have of someone you read about (but have never met). Although there are several things that I strongly disagree with this person on, as far as the issues are concerned, its very rare to see a person who dives into the political arena and truly walks the walk and talks the talk. A person who is not afraid to stand arm in arm with union leaders when they have common cause, a person who doesn’t tow the republican party line when they disagree, a person who thinks ethics is more than just lip service, but REAL actions. The more I see and read about Debbie Dooley…the more I hope she does run against Balfour. We need people who are not afraid to follow their convictions even when its not all that popular with those in power.

    • Loren says:

      “The programming of “You Don’t Say” and “Prairie Home Companion” go out of its way to say hateful things about Republicans, playing to a Democrat audience who responds with laughter. ”

      Not only is hating on NPR a plank in his platform, but the show he singles out to rile up Republican voters is…”Prairie Home Companion.”

      And I’m unaware of an NPR show called “You Don’t Say”. So is Google. I suppose he could be talking about the word game “Says You” or the news humor show “Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me”, but in either case that’s still a really odd target.

  3. SallyForth says:

    Yeah, Buzz – ‘loved your “qualifying week…. er half week” byline. When Democrats ruled, qualifying began at 9 am on Monday and ended at 12 noon on Friday. We would still be hearing echoes of the screaming that would have gone up if they had cut that time in half to discourage challengers, protect incumbents. Why is nobody yelling about having only 2 1/2 days for potential candidates to come from far and wide to qualify?

    • Calypso says:

      On what mode of conveyance are they coming from far and wide that takes more than 2 1/2 days to travel? A buckboard pulled by a lone mule leaving from St. Marys?

      And if it does take longer than 2 1/2 days for the plodding equine, they could always leave earlier.

      • SallyForth says:

        LOL, you funny person. 🙂 I didn’t mean take 2 1/2 days to travel only. However, you bring up a good point – that in our mad-crazy traffic, it can take a loooong time to inch along for just a few miles, can take forever to get from Marietta to the Capitol. So who knows? (‘specially if they’re in a horse and buggy…)

        Seriously, somebody coming from Port Wentworth, for example, has to set aside time for a long-*** drive round-trip and probably end up staying in the ATL overnight by the time they find their way around the Capitol parking, get inside and find the Chamber, go through the qualifying process, yada yada yada. And have you tried the winding mountain roads from places like Suches? Oy. Most legislators also have regular jobs, have to work out time off (which could be difficult to coordinate for a newbie) from their employer, etc. Overall logistics take time. Period. Add in the screwed up new districts, and you’ve got a hot mess.

        Having only a 2 1/2 day time window to shoot at makes it a lot harder for a potential challenger, uninitiated person to get things lined up than it was when folks previously had a full week to work within. Which is, of course, the point for this incumbent-protection technique.

        • Calypso says:

          “And have you tried the winding mountain roads from places like Suches?”

          Oh yeah!!! Driven the Tail of The Dragon several times in my Triumph TR6. What a blast. Though safely within the speed limits at all times, of course.

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