Open Thread: Qualifying Watch…

Our own Buzz Brockway of Lawrenceville qualifies at the capitol.  In the background, State Rep. John Pezold of Fortson.
Our own Buzz Brockway of Lawrenceville qualifies at the capitol. In the background, State Rep. John Pezold of Fortson.
Happy Qualifying Week! Or something.

As usual, the Secretary of State’s office has a webpage dedicated for candidates qualifying for a host of elected offices, including statewide, legislative, and federal offices.

Greg Bluestein has a list of things to watch during qualifying this week, including mention of an expected uptick in legislative turnover.

Consider this your qualifying open thread. Let us know if you see any surprises.

We have some more pictures below the fold.

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black qualifies for re-election
Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black qualifies for re-election
11th District Congressional candidate Tricia Pidemore prepares to qualify at the Capitol.
11th District Congressional candidate Tricia Pidemore prepares to qualify at the Capitol.


14th Congressional Rep. Tom Graves qualifies for re-election
14th Congressional Rep. Tom Graves qualifies for re-election.
State Rep. Scot Turner of Holly Springs qualifies for re-election
State Rep. Scot Turner of Holly Springs qualifies for re-election



District 13 Congressman David Scott prepares to qualify.
District 13 Congressman David Scott prepares to qualify.
Karen Handel qualifies for U.S. Senator.
Karen Handel qualifies for U.S. Senator.


9th District Rep. Doug Collins at the Capitol, ready to qualify.
9th District Rep. Doug Collins at the Capitol, ready to qualify.
Senate candidate Jack Kingston prepares to qualify.
Senate candidate Jack Kingston prepares to qualify.


11th District candidate Barry Loudermilk and Rep. Tom Graves.
11th District candidate Barry Loudermilk and Rep. Tom Graves.
State Senator Brandon Beach with 6th District congressman Tom Price.
State Senator Brandon Beach with 6th District congressman Tom Price.

36 comments

  1. Frank says:

    I am not liking the new Secretary of State’s Qualifying website already. It looks like you have to select the election, the party AND the office to get results. Why isn’t there a wildcard to get everyone in a party qualifying for a given election?

  2. Jon Richards says:

    David Hancock, who primaried Rob Woodall two years ago for the 7th congressional district will qualify for House District 98, currently held by Josh Clark, who will not run for re-election.

  3. Frank says:

    You can select the election, and the office without the party to get all results for an office…

  4. TheEiger says:

    So Jack Kingston lists his occupation as “United States Congressman.” Good to know that he has been in Congress so long that he can’t even fake that he has a real career other than professional politician.

    J H “JACK” KINGSTON
    P.O. BOX 2133
    SAVANNAH GA 31402
    E-mail: [email protected]

    PARTY: REPUBLICAN
    INCUMBENT: NO
    OCCUPATION: UNITED STATES CONGRESSMAN
    QUALIFIED DATE: 03/03/2014
    WEBSITE: http://www.jackkingston.org

    https://gvrs.sos.state.ga.us/GAElection/CandidateDetails

    • Blake says:

      I’m no fan of Kingston, but the fact is that pretty much any federal office is a fulltime job. It would be disingenuous to pretend otherwise.

      • TheEiger says:

        All of them had professions before congress except for him. The fact that his profession is “Congressman” is a mind set I don’t like. All of the others in the race at least consider themselves something other than a Congressman. I under stand that the job is a full time job. I’m not disputing that.

        • drjay says:

          and yet you kind of are disputing it–he could have put insurance agent on his form, but he clearly hasn’t sold any insurance in the past 20 years, anymore than gingrey has doctored on anyone since he became a congressman…iirc correctly there was actually some hullabaloo a few years ago when one of the md’s in congress wanted to deliver babies or pull er shifts or some such when congress was in recess but it was actually frowned upon for one reason or another by the powers that be…

          • TheEiger says:

            You are right. He hasn’t done anything in the past 20 years except being a congressman. He hasn’t done anything that I like in those 20 years. If you hate what congress in doing why would you send someone who hasn’t done anything in Congress for 20 years to the Senate? Yes, being a Congressman is a full time job. While doing his full time job he has voted for millions of dollars in earmarks, and raised the debt ceiling multiple times without getting real cuts or reforms.

            • drjay says:

              that’s fine you don’t like him, you don’t want to vote for him, it will make you unhappy if he’s elected–but he did have a profession before he was elected to congress, and i was just pointing that out for you.

              • TheEiger says:

                I’m aware that he sold insurance for a few years in his 20s between college and becoming a career politician. The past 30 years he has been getting a paycheck from the taxpayers. It’s time to retire.

                • I’m not a Kingston fan/defender but they aren’t allowed to have another job while they’re in Congress. He gets paid whatever a year to be a Congressman so in my opinion that is his job.

                  As far as career politicians go, hasn’t your preferred candidate run for like 4 different jobs in the last decade alone?

                  • TheEiger says:

                    You are a Democrat and have no problem with career politicians. I do. That’s fine. I have a problem with people who are in a position of power for too long. He has nothing to show for the 20 years he has been in Congress. I have no problem with people running for office multiple times. I have problems with people running for office and not doing anything while they are there.

                • Robin Wheeler says:

                  Why does this concern you? His district returned him to Washington those 30 years. At any time, they could have sent him home. Apparently they liked what he was doing. So be it.

                  • TheEiger says:

                    “Why does this concern you?” Well, you may not know this, but Jack has decided to run for Senate. This is a state wide race and I am a voter in Georgia. So I get to vote.

                    I don’t care that his district blindly sent him back to DC over and over again. I will not be voting for him because of his earmarks and increasing the debt ceiling without reforms.

                    Is this not a political blog? Are people not suppose to debate and voice their concerns with candidates and policy? He is out of touch. That is what concerns me.

      • Doug Deal says:

        I once saw a form filled out by Gerald Ford (while he was still alive) and his occupation was listed as “Former U.S. President”.

    • Michael Silver says:

      You are going to have a heart attack at Governor Deals Occupation ….. Former Congressman

      • TheEiger says:

        I noticed that too. Another reason that I didn’t vote for him for Govenor and won’t vote for him this time around either.

  5. xdog says:

    Who would have guessed that Buzz is a lefty?

    I hope someone counted the silverware after Grifter Graves was processed.

    • Lea Thrace says:

      General silly/curiosity question (that truly has nothing to do with Rep. Brockaway):

      Is there still a general mistrust of lefties? I grew up in a culture where being a leftie was a HUGE no no so I tend to look askance when I see one. Is that still a thing? Was it ever a thing in the US?

  6. Dave Bearse says:

    Closing in on 12 years of GOP control of the state, and nothing much to show other than an abortion restriction and elimination of a gun restriction here and there. Factor in kowtowing to Georgia Power and other business interests concurrent with Georgia’s general economic slippage relative to other states, and Bluestein’s right to note some leadership is leaving, and to expect the turnover rate to ramp up.

    It’s been long enough that the GOP owns the current state of affairs, so it’s time to exit before being held accountable.

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