First Look At Final House, Senate Candidate Qualifying

The SoS website hasn’t reported any new candidates in a while so perhaps all candidates’ paperwork has been reported.

My colleague Mike Dudgeon (R-John’s Creek) did a quick and dirty analysis and here’s what we’re looking at:

17 House and 7 Senate GOP incumbents face primary challenges. 17 House and 6 Senate Democrats face primary challenges.

There will be 37 General Election races in the House and 13 in the Senate. Some incumbents facing primary challenges also face general election fights.

There are 24 open races in the House and 2 in the Senate. 15 House open seats have GOP primaries and both Senate races have GOP primaries. 9 of the House open seats have Democratic primaries. 6 of those races in the House and 1 in the Senate also have general election races.



  1. southernpol says:

    Surprised to see Sen. Ginn get a primary opponent. A county commission chairman too.. Could be a tough race.

    Sen. Murphy should and will win. Doubt it will be close. I also expect Rogers to win.. too late in the game to start campaigning now.

    Balfour has two primary opponents.. the two should band together and put both of their names on every sign to try and force a runoff.

    Don’t know anything about Johnny Grant’s opponents. But the area is not very politically savvy and you have to spend a lot of money to raise name ID. I doubt anyone beats him.

    Loudermilk entered a new district and escaped without a challenge. His emptied seat was basically gifted to David Doss, former DOT board member. No one will have the money to challenge him.

  2. Howard Roark says:

    Frank Ginn will beat Danny Yearwood 70/30 in Barrow County. It will be no contest.

  3. Howard Roark says:

    Yearwood would have been beaten by Pat Graham 70/30 as well if he had run for reelection. Danny Yearwood is not popular in Barrow county.

  4. ryanhawk says:

    Yearwood is very popular with people who favor smaller government and lower taxes. He ran for Chairman promising to cut spending and hold the line on taxes and that is precisely what he did. The people who don’t like him are big government liberals. Yearwood will be a very strong Senate candidate and an even better Senator.

  5. concerned GA says:

    John Albers, unopposed in a district that includes Roswell, Alpharetta, Sandy Springs…..whew, this is what is wrong with government

  6. debbie0040 says:

    A big issue with fielding candidates is that being a legislator is a part time job . You have to have either own your business or a job that allows you to take off 4 months during legislative session. Not many people that can do that. That is why you have many legislators that are attorneys or medical professionals. They also are lobbyists for their professions but serve as legislators..

    • You’re right it’s a part time job and it’s not easy to take 4 months off plus the other time expected of you when the Legislature’s not in session.

      I’m not trying to be combative Debbie but which Legislators are also lobbyists?

      • 22bons says:

        I’m not trying to be combative either, but you probably know these folks better than we do ,and are better positioned to answer the question. Who works in an industry that is subject to oversight from a committee that they sit on or chair? For example, which Reps and Senators work for a hospital/insurance company/drug company and sit on a Health Care related committee? Are they paid a market rate given their training and experience, or does it seem that their pay is higher than it would be if they were not in a position to influence legislation?

        • I realize it’s easy these days to be cynical and believe everyone in public office is in it for the perks but having been down there for two years that hasn’t been my experience. Most people in the Legislature, on both sides of the aisle, are there because they want to help make Georgia a better place. We have problems and there’s a lot we need to do but the notion that we’re making a fortune simply be being Legislators isn’t true.

          Most people are losing money being a Legislator and they do it because they want to make a difference, not so they can go to a fancy restaurant or a Falcons game.

          • 22bons says:

            I agree with you — most legislators are there for good reasons and they pay a very high price for their public service. But that is precisely why right minded legislators should be motivated to identify and remove the few bad apples.

            And I’m not talking about dinners and ball games. I’m talking about people earning 6 figures a year who are employed by industries that directly benefit from legislation that is passed or killed. In those instances, in as much as they exist, I think we should look very carefully at the skills and qualifications of the person in question and at the real and perceived conflicts of interest.

            Is it your belief that there are no such conflicts in the Georgia General Assembly?

            • You have to remember thet we have a citizen legislature and as such we have to be allowed to make a living somehow. We have people from many different professions in the legislature and I think that’s what we all want. I also think you want people sitting on committees where they have some expertise.

              If someone on the Insurance committee to use your example pushes a bill that improves the climate for sellers and consumers isn’t that a good thing? The are laws dealing with that, you can’t write a law to benefit one person or company for example.

              So to answer your question, no I personally don’t now of a Legislator who makes six figures to write or block laws for his employer. If you do perhaps you should turn them in.

              • 22bons says:

                Again, I agree with you. Of course citizens serving in a part time legislature need to make a living and of course we want people serving on committees to have some expertise in the relevant area of oversight. But we also want to make sure they are serving the public interest, and not their personal interests or the interests of their employer.

                Of course it’s a good thing, to use your example, if a legislator uses their professional expertise to increase competition and choice that benefits consumers. But what if the legislation they pass benefits a special interest to the detriment of citizens and taxpayers?

                What if, for example, someone on the Health and Human Services committee voted to increase reimbursements for Medicaid while they were being paid 6 figures by a health care company that benefited from the higher reimbursements? Would that concern you?

  7. debbie0040 says:

    They don’t officially serve as lobbyists but they act as lobbyist sometimes for their profession.

    Once the state is financially secure, there needs to be changes in regard to the Legislature. There needs to be pay increases and the state should help provide part time staff for the districts offices. There needs to be offices in districts. Maybe legislators can share distirct offices with legislators that have district close to theirs.

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