As originally set in reapportionment they were:
1. Ely Dobbs (D-Atlanta) and Sheila Jones (D-Atlanta)
2. Pat Gardner (D-Atlanta) and Rashad Taylor (D-Atlanta)
3. Simone Bell (D-Atlanta) and Ralph Long (D-Atlanta)
4. Stephanie Benfield (D-Atlanta) and Howard Mosby (D-Atlanta)
5. Elena Parent (D-Atlanta) and Scott Holcomb (D-Atlanta)
6. Mack Jackson (D-Sandersville) and Sistie Hudson (D-Sparta)
Ely Dobbs, Elena Parent, Stephanie Benfield, and Sistie Hudson all declined to run for reelection, leaving only two races as incumbent/incumbent Democratic Primary Matchups. Get excited. We’ll look at one this week and one next.
Pat Gardner has represented Intown Atlanta for over 20 years and with the new map keeps some of her old base, the Virginia-Highland and Morningside neighborhoods of Atlanta. The district map then narrows as it moves Southwest and heads to areas currently represented by Rashad Taylor.
This district has a 56% Black Voting Age Population and contains a lot of areas where Gardner is unknown. That said, she has been raising money for a race that will cost 100k+ to win and had 32k on hand at the last check. Taylor had next to nothing and didn’t have a lot of presence on the ground. You cannot count Rashad out. He has run campaigns for most of the last decade and won some tough ones. He knows the district and many of the power players. He would be the betting man’s pick, but I am going with Pat Gardner for the win here. You heard me!