We’re less than a month away from the Primary Election. I thought it might be good to take a break from the T-SPLOST/TIA food fight to point out other things which will appear on the 7/31/12 ballot, namely Legislative races. There are a number of State House and Senate races so in the days leading up to the vote I’ll post a thread periodically focused solely on these races. Feel free to share what you’ve heard with the rest of the class but know I’ll be watching to make sure the sock puppets don’t run amok.
Perhaps the nastiest race is for State House District 57. Democrat incumbents Pat Gardner and Rashad Taylor were thrown into a district together and the gloves are off. Taylor has even accused Atlanta Progressive News of being part of a homophobic conspiracy.
(APN) ATLANTA — Today (6/16/12), State Rep. Rashad Taylor (D-Atlanta) publicly accused the Atlanta Progressive News of engaging in a two-year conspiracy, in conjunction with political operatives, to produce homophobic mailers targeting Mr. Taylor as well as Angela Brown, a former candidate for Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education.
Rep. Taylor is currently in a heated Primary Election with State Rep. Pat Gardner (D-Atlanta), as they have both been drawn into the same district this year by the Republican-led legislature.
Yesterday, Georgia Voice magazine reported that Taylor has come forward with a mailer making homophobic attacks against Mr. Taylor. Taylor claims that the flyer has been found throughout South Atlanta.
Taylor called on the Gardner campaign to denounce the flyer, which she has.
Another hotly contested race involves Republicans Doug McKillip and Regina Quick in House District 117. Quick took McKillip to task for switching parties at a recent forum even as she courts Democratic votes. Full disclosure: I’ve donated to McKillip’s campaign.
“I urge you to take a long look at his liberal record, because it’s showing,” she said.
Quick said she has been an active Republican since 2006, when she ran against then-Democrat McKillip in the general election, was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 2008 and has fought for lower property taxes. She said she grew up in a household with a union Democrat father and a Republican mother where they discussed both sides of issues.
McKillip said he had a sincere change of heart in 2009, when he became a “saved Christian.”
“I changed a great deal about my life,” he said. “I adopted more conservative principles in my business, in my family, in my politics.”
Loganville Patch caught up with the GOP and Dem. candidates for House District 105.
Aaron Gould Sheinin and Shannon McCaffrey look at the race for Senate District 21 between incumbent Chip Rogers and Brandon Beach.
There are two fascinating races in Forsyth County. Former Rep. Tom Knox is attempting a comeback against former pro-baseball player Geoff Duncan in House District 26 while incumbent Senator Jack Murphy is being challenged by Forsyth Tea Party leader Steve Voshall in Senate District 27. The two pairs of candidates appeared at a forum last week.
Blog For Democracy goes all in for Yasmin Neal, running for reelection against former Rep. Mike Glanton in House District 75. Neal became famous for introducing a bill banning vasectomies earlier this year.
Also in Cobb, the Cobb Republican Women hosted a forum featuring the GOP candidates for Senate District 6. The winner takes on Democrat incumbent Doug Stoner.
Maggie Lee writes in the Macon Telegraph about the Senate District 18 race between incumbent Cecil Staton and Spencer Price.
The race has a nasty edge online, with at least one blogger attacking Staton’s character and business dealings and a handful of anonymous sites attacking Price on the same charges. In the fund-raising race, Staton has collected about five dollars for every one of Price’s from last September through this March. In that period, Staton raised $51,125 to Price’s $11,060. Price’s cash comes from a handful of mostly local donors. Staton has many more local donors, plus the political action committee and lobbyist money that regularly flows toward powerful incumbents. Second quarter 2012 campaign disclosures are due July 9.
Maggie also writes about the race in House District 149 between incumbent Jimmy Pruitt and John Clements. Full disclosure: I’ve contributed to Pruitt.