We’re not even two weeks past Democrat Taylor Bennett’s defeat of J. Max Davis in a runoff for the Georgia House District 80 seat vacated by Mike Jacobs, yet already there is talk of possible Republican challengers for 2016.
One possible candidate is Meagan Hanson, the former chairman of the Georgia Young Republicans. Hanson recently lost a bid to become chairman of the Young Republicans National Federation. In a post last night on her campaign Facebook page, Hanson said,
Almost two weeks ago, Georgia House District 80 elected Democrat Taylor Bennett as our Representative to the General Assembly. Since that time, I have received numerous calls, text messages, and other communications encouraging me to run for this seat.
While I have not yet made my final decision, David and I are giving this endeavor serious consideration and plan to make a decision in the upcoming weeks. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.
Ultimately, I want what’s best for the people of Brookhaven, Chamblee, and Sandy Springs– and that’s for us to nominate a strong Republican committed to representing the interests of HD 80 in the General Assembly.
An obvious candidate for the GOP nomination is Catherine Bernard, who lost to Davis in the first round. Bernard was in attendance at Saturday’s Barrow County Republican Party barbecue, and was asked about a possible Hanson candidacy. Bernard responded that she wasn’t sure if Hanson was as familiar with the issues that were of concern to District 80 residents as she was.
Is Bernard in for another try for the District 80 seat? This tweet was sent Sunday morning by Nydia Tisdale, who was also at the Barrow GOP event.
The tweet was later deleted, so a Catherine Bernard run may not be official yet. However, no one should be surprised if and when she jumps in.