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Your Guide to the 2020 Georgia Democratic Candidates

See who’s on the ballot representing the Democratic Party in 2020. Candidates are organized in the order they will appear on the ballot. So grab your absentee ballot and start scrolling! There’s a lot of great candidates running!

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This guide was compiled by volunteers. Please report errors to communications@fultondems.org.

Key Dates

Candidates

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President/Vice President

 

Joe Biden
Joe Biden is the former Vice President of the United States under Barack Obama and a former United States Senator representing Delaware.
joebiden.com
Kamala Harris
Kamala Harris is a lawyer, former Attorney General of Calfornia, and served as senator representing California since 2017.
joebiden.com

Statewide Races

US Senate
(Perdue’s seat)

Jon Ossoff
An investigative journalist, Jon Ossoff most notably ran as the Democratic nominee in the 2017 special election in Georgia’s 6th District.
electjon.com

US Senate
(Loeffler’s seat)

Deborah Jackson
Deborah Jackson served as the Mayor of Lithonia from January 2012 to 2020, and she is an attorney with over 30 years of experience. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in public policy and community economic development, and a J.D. in political science and international affairs.
deborahforgeorgia.com/
Jamesia James
Jamesia James is a seasoned entrepreneur of 10 years and a military veteran. For two years, Ms. James served under Congressman John Lewis (2016-2018) in District 5 where she assisted with the elderly and disenfranchised American rights to healthcare, education and social security.
jamesiajames.com
Tamara Johnson-Shealey
Tamara Johnson-Shealey is a Georgia native and a local business owner. She has lobbied for state legislation for her industry to improve tax policies, continuing education standards as well as health and safety standards.
tamaraforgeorgia.com
Matt Lieberman
Matt Lieberman quit practicing law after two years to become a school teacher and later started a business to provide health care to families, small business and union members. He is the son of former Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Joe Lieberman.
liebermanforsenate.com
Joy Felicia Slade
Joy Felicia Slade is a physician.
 
Ed Tarver
Ed Tarver served seven years in the United States Army, then went on to graduate from UGA’s Law School. From 2005 to 2009, he represented Augusta in the Georgia General Assembly before being appointed by President Barack Obama as a federal prosecutor for the Southern District of Georgia.
tarverforsenate.com
Raphael Warnock
A graduate of Morehouse College, Raphael Warnock serves as the Senior Pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the former pulpit of Reverent Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
warnockforgeorgia.com
Richard Dien Winfield
Richard Dien Winfield has taught at the University of Georgia for 37 years, where has has supported striking workers and joined unionizing efforts.
winfieldforsenate.com/

 

Public Service Commissioner – District 1

(Voted on by the entire state but must reside within district)

Robert G Bryant
Robert Bryant is a product of Chatham County public schools, and built his career and professional reputation in the field of higher education.
robertforga.com

 

Public Service Commissioner – District 4

(Voted on by the entire state but must reside within district)

Daniel Blackman
Daniel Blackman is a respected community leader, impact investor, and policy advisor.
danielforgeorgia.com

North Fulton - US Congress, State Senate, State House

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US House
6th District

Lucy McBath (incumbent)
Congresswoman Lucy McBath is a mother, a wife, an author and a vocal advocate for common sense gun control.
lucyforcongress.com


11th District

Dana Barrett

 

Dana Barrett is a former talk show host, a single working mother, and a breast cancer survivor.

electdanabarrett.com

Dana Barrett headshot

 

State Senate District 40

Sally Harrell (incumbent)

 

During her tenure in the Senate, as well as the Georgia House of Representatives, Sally Harrell has championed a wide range of women and children’s healthcare issues, advocated for access to mental health services, and fought for mandatory school recess for children.

sallyharrell.org

 Sally Harrell Senate headshot with American flag

 

State Senate District 48

Michelle Au

 

Michelle Au is a first-generation Chinese-American immigrant, and an anesthesiologist at Emory-St. Joseph’s hospital.

auforga.com

Michelle Au headshot


State Senate District 56

Sarah Beeson

 

Sarah Beeson is a Roswell native and mother who operates a 50+ employee family business that has been based in Roswell for over two decades.

votebeeson.com

 

 Sarah Beeson arms folded headshot

 

State House District 22

Charles Ravenscraft
Charles Ravenscraft has lived in Georgia since 1986, and is a member of IBEW union.
ravenscraftforhd22.com
Charles Ravenscraft headshot

 

State House District 25

Christa Olenczak
Christa Olenczak has lived in Forsyth county for 16 years with her husband and son. She has 23 years of experience as a project manager in telecommunications.

christa4georgia.com

 

State Senate District 32

Christine Triebsch

 

Christine Triebsch is a family law attorney who has lived in Cobb County for 21 years.

christineforga.com

Christine Triebsch

 


State House District 45

Sara Tindall Ghazal

 

Sara Ghazal is a wife, mother, attorney and advocate, and previously Voter Protection Director for the Democratic Party of Georgia.

ghazalforgeorgia.com

sara ghazal headshot


State House District 47

Anthia Carter
Anthia Owens Carter is a veteran home school mom of almost 20 years and a small-scale business owner as an American Heart Association Basic Life Support CPR Instructor.
anthiaowenscarter.com
 anthia owens carter headshot

 

State House District 48

Mary Robichaux (incumbent)

 

Mary Robichaux’s worked over 35 years in Healthcare Management, and has fought for improved healthcare and education for the state of Georgia.

electmaryrobichaux.com

mary robichaux headshot

 

State House District 49

Jason Hayes
Jason Hayes is a board-certified internal medicine physician, small business owner and volunteer in Alpharetta. He is a former CDC epidemiology intern, former Congressional intern with Rep. Jim Cooper (D) and former National Health Service Corp physician. Jason’s platform is focused on healthcare, small business advocacy, education and transportation.
jasonhayesforgeorgia.com

 

State House District 50

Angelika Kausche (incumbent)

 

The first German-American lawmaker to serve in Georgia’s legislature, Angelika Kausche is a former professor and an advocate for common sense gun legislation.

angelikaforgeorgia.com

Angelika Kausche headshot

 

State House District 51

Josh McLaurin (incumbent)

 

Josh McLaurin is a native of Metro Atlanta and a trial lawyer with a history of public service through volunteer work.

joshforgeorgia.com

Josh McLaurin headshot

 

State House District 52

Shea Roberts

 

Shea Roberts is an attorney and small business owner, focused primarily on land use and family law with two decades of experience serving Sandy Springs.

sheaforgeorgia.com

Shea Roberts headshot

 

State House District 80

Matthew Wilson (incumbent)

 

Matthew Wilson is a Georgia native, a trial lawyer, and a former middle school teacher.

matthewforgeorgia.com

Matthew Wilson headshot

 

State House District 95

Beth Moore (incumbent)

 

Beth Moore is a metro Atlanta native, a lawyer, and has worked to improve health care and advance public transportation initiatives while in the state legislature.

mooreforgeorgia.com

 Beth Moore headshot

 

Fulton County Commissioner – District 2

Justin Holsomback 

 

Justin Holsomback works as an IT Technical Recruiter for a certified woman-owned business in Sandy Springs and currently serves as Secretary for the Democratic Party of Georgia,

justinholsomback.com

justin holsomback headshot

Mid Fulton - US Congress, State Senate, State House

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US House
5th District

Nikema Williams
Nikema Williams has served in the state senate since 2017 and is the current Chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia.
nikemaforcongress.com
Nikema Williams

 

State Senate District 06

Jen Jordan (incumbent)

 

Jen Jordan is an attorney who has fought hard for education reform during her tenure in the state senate.

jen4ga.com

 Jen Jordan headshot

 


State Senate District 36

Nan Orrock (incumbent)

 

Senator Nan Orrock was elected by Atlanta voters to the Georgia Senate in 2006, after serving 10 terms in the House of Representatives, where she was the first woman elected as House majority whip.

nanorrock.com

 

 

 

State Senate District 38

Horacena Tate (incumbent)
Horacena Tate has served in the state senate since 1999.
horacena tate headshot

 

State House District 40

Erick Allen (incumbent)

 

Erick Allen was first elected in 2018 and is a long-time resident of Cobb County.

allenforgeorgia.com

Erick Allen headshot

 

State House District 52

Shea Roberts

 

Shea Roberts is an attorney and small business owner, focused primarily on land use and family law with two decades of experience serving Sandy Springs.

sheaforgeorgia.com

Shea Roberts headshot

 

State House District 53

Sheila Jones (incumbent)

 

Sheila Jones has served her district in the Georgia House of Representatives since January 2005 and was previously a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union AFL-CIO during her time at Lockheed-Martin.

sheilajones.org

 

Sheila Jones headshot

 

State House District 54

Betsy Holland (incumbent)

 

Betsy Holland has served one term in the Georgia House of Representatives, and has previous experience in corporate leadership at Turner Broadcasting.

betsyforgeorgia.com

Betsy Holland headshot

State House District 55

Marie Robinson Metze (incumbent)
Marie Metze has served her district since 2015.
marie metze headshot

State House District 56

Mesha Mainor
Mesha Mainor is a licensed physical therapist who also worked with Congress and the Assistant Surgeon General in on Capitol Hill.meshamainor.com
mesha mainor headshot

 

​State Senate District 57

Stacey Evans
An attorney, Stacey Evans previously served four terms as a Georgia State Representative from 2011-2017.staceyevans.com
stacey evans headshot

 

State House District 58

Park Cannon (incumbent)

 

Park Cannon was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2016, and works with The Feminist Health Center.

parkcannon58.com

park cannon headshot

 

State House District 59

David Dreyer (incumbent)

 

David Dreyer was elected in 2016, and has a background in law with an emphasis in constitutional law and voter protection.

dreyerforgeorgia.com

david dreyer headshot

 

State House District 60

Kim Schofield (incumbent)

 

Kim Schofield has lived in Georgia for 20 years and was elected in 2016.

electkim4d60.com

kim schofield headshot

 

State House District 80

Matthew Wilson (incumbent)

 

Matthew Wilson is a Georgia native, a trial lawyer, and a former middle school teacher.

matthewforgeorgia.com

Matthew Wilson headshot

 

Fulton County Commissioner – District 4

Natalie Hall (incumbent)

 

On County Commission, Natalie Hall serves as the Executive Sponsor of the Fulton County Strategic Priority Area called “All People are Healthy.”

nataliewhall.com

Natalie Hall headshot

 

Fulton County Board of Education- District 3

(NON-PARTISAN)

Gail Dean (incumbent)

 

Gail Dean has served on the Fulton School Board since 2001 with a focus on financial and academic accountability, transparency in governance, and allocation of SPLOST taxpayer dollars for new schools and renovations in District 3

gaildean.com

gail dean headshot

 

Fulton County Board of Education- District 4

(NON-PARTISAN)

Franchesca Warren 

 

Franchesca Warren has 18 years of experience in a variety of roles like teacher, instructional coach, literacy coordinator and more.

electfranchesca.com

Franchesca Warren Headshot

South Fulton - US Congress, State Senate, State House

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US House
5th District

Nikema Williams
Nikema Williams has served in the state senate since 2017 and is the current Chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia.
nikemaforcongress.com
Nikema Williams

 

US House
13th District 

David Scott (incumbent)

 

David Scott has represented the 13th District since 2003, and serves on several financial committees in Congress.

votedavidscott.com

david scott headshot

 

State Senate District 35

Donzella James (incumbent)

 

Donzella James has served in the state senate since 2009, and is a member of the Education and Youth, Special Judiciary and Economic Development committees.

 

 Donzella James headshot

 

State Senate District 36

Nan Orrock (incumbent)

 

Senator Nan Orrock was elected by Atlanta voters to the Georgia Senate in 2006, after serving 10 terms in the House of Representatives, where she was the first woman elected as House majority whip.

nanorrock.com

 

 

State Senate District 38

Horacena Tate (incumbent)
Horacena Tate has served in the state senate since 1999.
horacena tate headshot

 

​State House District 55

Marie Robinson Metze (incumbent)
Marie Metze has served her district since 2015.
marie metze headshot

 

State House District 59

David Dreyer (incumbent)

 

David Dreyer was elected in 2016, and has a background in law with an emphasis in constitutional law and voter protection.

dreyerforgeorgia.com

david dreyer headshot

 

State House District 60

Kim Schofield (incumbent)

 

Kim Schofield has lived in Georgia for 20 years and was elected in 2016.

electkim4d60.com

kim schofield headshot

 

State House District 61

Roger Bruce (incumbent)

 

Roger Bruce took office in January 2003 and has focused on issues related to children with special needs, the aging, education, working families, economic development, voting rights, and criminal justice.

rogerbruce.net

 roger bruce headshot

 

State House District 62

William Boddie (incumbent)

 

William Boddie is an attorney who has served in the Georgia House of Representatives since 2017.

voteboddie62.com

william boddie headshot

 

State House District 63

Debra Bazemore (incumbent)

 

Debra Bazemore was elected to serve in 2016 and currently sits on the Human Relations and Aging, Intergovernmental Coordination, Natural Resources & Environment, and State Planning & Community Affairs committees.

debrabazemore63.com

Debra Bazemore headshot

 

State House District 64

Derrick Jackson (incumbent)

 

Derrick Jackson has served in the Georgia House of Representatives since 2017.

 

derrick jackson headshot

 

State House District 65

Mandisha Thomas 

 

Mandisha Thomas is a business owner and healthcare industry veteran and serves on the board of several community service organizations.

mandishathomas.com

Mandisha Thomas

 

Fulton County Commissioner – District 6

Joe Carn (incumbent)

 

Joe Carn has more than 20 years of servant leadership as a community activist, council member and vice mayor.

joecarn.com

joe carn headshot

 

Fulton County Board of Education- District 4

(NON-PARTISAN)

Franchesca Warren 

 

Franchesca Warren has 18 years of experience in a variety of roles like teacher, instructional coach, literacy coordinator and more.

electfranchesca.com

Franchesca Warren Headshot

Countywide Races (Sheriff, DA, etc)

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District Attorney of the Atlanta Judicial Circuit

Fani Willis

 

Fani Willis has 16 years of experience serving in the District Attorney’s office, as well as several years in the private sector.

faniwillis.com

 fani willis headshot

 

Clerk of Superior Court

Cathelene “Tina” Robinson (incumbent)

 

Cathelene “Tina” Robinson has served as Clerk since 2016.

Tina Robinson headshot


Sheriff

Patrick “Pat” Labat

 

Patrick “Pat” Labat has 30 years of success in the public safety sector, and a decade of executive-level law enforcement management as Chief of the City of Atlanta Department of Corrections.

labatforsheriff.com

Pat Labat headshot

 

Tax Commissioner

Arthur E. Ferdinand (incumbent)

 

Prior to taking office as tax commissioner, Arthur Ferdinand was an IBM executive with 25 years experience in advanced technology, product development, and business operations.

arthurferdinand.org

ferdinand headshot

 

Solicitor-General of State Court of Fulton County

Keith E. Gammage (incumbent)

 

Prior to serving as Solicitor-General, Keith Gammage served for several years as Chief Assistant Solicitor General.

keithgammage.com

Keith Gammage headshot

Amendments and Referendums

Proposed Constitutional Amendments

  1. Authorizes dedication of fees and taxes to their intended purposes by general state law.
    House Resolution 164
    Act No 597
    “Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to authorize the General Assembly to dedicate revenues derived from fees or taxes to the public purpose for which such fees or taxes were intended?”

Fulton County Democratic Party Committee recommends: Yes.

From the Democratic Party of Georgia: This question asks if you want to give the Georgia legislature authority to use tax revenue to just go to the public purpose for which the money was intended, instead of an all-purpose fund. Right now, the government can use money dedicated to one purpose, like cleaning up tire dumps and blight, and put it towards broader use. Environmental advocates support this bill because since 1990, while Georgia has raised millions of dollars to clean up specific waste, roughly 40% of those dollars have gone to other purposes. Critics of the amendment say it would remove flexibility for how the government can use money.
However, there are conditions for the amendment — dedicated funding could not exceed 1% of the total state revenues from the previous year, and in an emergency, the governor and General Assembly would have the ability to temporarily suspend dedicated funds.

2. Waives state and local sovereign immunity for violation of state laws, state and federal constitutions.
House Resolution 1023
Act No 596
“Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to waive sovereign immunity and allow the people of Georgia to petition the superior court for relief from governmental acts done outside the scope of lawful authority or which violate the laws of this state, the Constitution of Georgia, or the Constitution of the United States?”

FCPDC recommends: Yes.

From the DPG: This question asks whether Georgians should have the right to sue local and state governments as well as elected officials and public employees in their official capacities to challenge laws that may be unconstitutional. A 2017 ruling by the Georgia Supreme Court largely eliminated the ability of Georgians to challenge the constitutionality of laws without the government’s permission. A bill seeking to restore this ability to Georgians was vetoed by Governor Deal and Governor Kemp, who cited concerns regarding lawsuits from people in mental health facilities and lawsuits involving breach of contract against government employees and officials.

Statewide Referendum

A. Establishes a tax exemption for certain real property owned by charities.
House Bill 344
Act No 149

“Shall the Act be approved which provides an exemption from ad valorem taxes for all real property owned by a purely public charity, if such charity is exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the federal Internal Revenue Code and such real property is held exclusively for the purpose of building or repairing single-family homes to be financed by such charity to individuals using loans that shall not bear interest?”

FCPDC recommends: Yes

From the DPG: This question asks if 501(c)(3) organizations should be exempt from property taxes on property that is in their inventory that is intended for building or repairing single family homes. For example, if this were to pass, Habitat for Humanity Georgia would be exempt from property tax on the vacant lots they own for future building purposes.