2022 Georgia elections

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Several elections are planned to take place in the U.S. state of Georgia in 2022. The general election will be held on November 8, 2022, with runoffs to be held at a later date for those races which are not yet decided by majority vote. All of Georgia's executive officers and legislative seats, as well as one seat on the Georgia Public Service Commission, will be up for election as well as one of Georgia's seats in the United States Senate and all of Georgia's seats in the United States House of Representatives.

This will be the first election following the 2020 United States redistricting cycle.

Federal offices

United States House of Representatives

Main article: 2022 United States House of Representatives elections in Georgia

Following the 2020 election, Democrats held their largest share of Georgia congressional seats since 2008 (and largest in the post-2010 redistricting cycle), with the gain of the 7th district by Carolyn Bourdeaux. In addition, the number of women representing Georgia grew from 1 to 4 with the re-election of Democrat Lucy McBath and the elections of Democrats Bordeaux, Nikema Williams and Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene, resulting in the first Georgia delegation with more than one woman in membership.

United States Senate

Main article: 2022 United States Senate election in Georgia

Incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock won the 2020–2021 special election against incumbent Republican Kelly Loeffler to fill the remainder of former Sen. Johnny Isakson's term. (Isakson had resigned at the end of 2019, and Loeffler was appointed by Governor Brian Kemp following Isakson's resignation.) No candidate in the open election on November 3 received the 50% required by Georgia law to avoid a runoff, a type of election colloquially known as a "jungle primary"[1]—Warnock received just 32.9% of the vote—and so a runoff election between Warnock and Loeffler was held on January 5, 2021, which Warnock won with 51% of the vote.

Former Republican senator David Perdue, who lost his race to Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff in 2021, filed paperwork to run for this seat.[2] A week after filing the paperwork, however, Perdue announced that he would not pursue another race for the Senate.[3] Loeffler is considering running again, while former U.S. Representative Doug Collins declined to run after heavy speculation that he would enter the race.[4][5] Herschel Walker, a professional football player, announced in August 2021 that he would join the Republican primary.[6]

State offices

Governor

Main article: 2022 Georgia gubernatorial election

Governor Brian Kemp was elected in 2018 with 50.2% of the vote. He is running for re-election.[7] He faces a primary challenge from former Democratic State Representative Vernon Jones[8] and educator Dr. Kandiss Taylor.[9]

Potential Democratic candidates include former minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives and Democratic nominee for governor in 2018 Stacey Abrams and incumbent Mayor of Atlanta Keisha Lance Bottoms.[10]

Lieutenant Governor

Main article: 2022 Georgia lieutenant gubernatorial election

Republican candidates currently declared include State Senators Butch Miller and Burt Jones and Republican activist Jeanne Seaver.[11] Republican incumbent Geoff Duncan declined to run for a second term.[12]

Democratic State Representatives Erick Allen,[13][14] Derrick Jackson,[15] and Renitta Shannon[16] and have all declared their candidacy, along with Kolbey Gardner, a political strategist as have Jason Hayes, Bryan Miller, and Ben Turner.

Secretary of State

Main article: 2022 Georgia Secretary of State election

Republican Congressman Jody Hice[17] and former Alpharetta mayor David Belle Isle have announced their candidacies. Other potential Republican candidates include incumbent Brad Raffensperger.[18]

State Representative Bee Nguyen,[19] former Darton State College professor Manswell Peterson,[20] and former Fulton County Commission Chair John Eaves[21] have declared their candidacies for the Democratic nomination.

Attorney General

Main article: 2022 Georgia Attorney General election

Republican incumbent Attorney General Chris Carr is running for re-election.[22]

Declared Democratic candidates include former Fulton County Senior Assistant District Attorney and 2018 Democratic nominee Charlie Bailey [23] and Democratic State Senator Jen Jordan.[24]

Labor Commissioner

Mark Butler (R) is the Republican incumbent Labor Commissioner. Republican State Senator Bruce Thompson has filed paperwork to run for the position.[25]

Declared Democratic candidates for Labor Commissioner include State Representative William Boddie,[26] State Senator Lester Jackson,[27] and entrepreneur and activist Nicole Horn.[28]

State Superintendent of Schools

Incumbent Republican Superintendent Richard Woods is running.[29]

Insurance and Fire Commissioner

Incumbent Republican Insurance Commissioner John King is running. [30]

Democratic State Representative Matthew Wilson[31] has declared his candidacy. 2018 Democratic nominee Janice Laws is another potential Democratic candidate.

Agriculture Commissioner

Incumbent Republican Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black has declined to run for re-election to run for the U.S. Senate. Republican State Senator Tyler Harper has declared his candidacy to run. Farmer Nakita Hemingway has declared her candidacy for the Democratic nomination.[32]

Public Service Commission Seat 2

Incumbent Republican Commissioner Tim Echols is running for another term.[33]

Consumer advocate and consultant Patty Durand is running for the Democratic nomination.[34]

Public Service Commission Seat 3 (Special)

On July 21, 2021, Republican Fitz Johnson was appointed by Governor Kemp to fill a vacancy. Johnson, now incumbent, will run in a special election to serve the remainder of that term. [35]

General Assembly

All 56 State Senate and 180 State House seats are up for election.

District Attorneys

9 out of 49 judicial circuits will hold elections for district attorney.

Judicial elections

Three seats on the Supreme Court of Georgia will be up for nonpartisan statewide election to succeed justices David Nahmias, Carla W. McMillian and Shawn Ellen LaGrua.

Local elections

During the regular primary, most counties and several consolidated city-county governments will hold nonpartisan elections for mayor, select city council or county commission seats, and select board of education seats, including Columbus, Athens, and Augusta.

References

  1. ^ Keenan, Sean (March 20, 2020). "What in the world is a jungle primary, and what's in store for Georgia's?". Atlanta. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
  2. ^ Bluestein, Greg (February 15, 2021). "Perdue explores Senate comeback bid against Warnock in 2022". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
  3. ^ Arkin, James (February 23, 2021). "Perdue rules out Georgia Senate comeback in 2022". Politico. Retrieved February 23, 2021.
  4. ^ Doug Collins [@RepDougCollins] (April 26, 2021). "I'm announcing today that I will not be a candidate for any office in the next election cycle. Read more" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  5. ^ Alex Rogers (April 26, 2021). "Trump ally Doug Collins will not run for Georgia Senate or governor in 2022". CNN.
  6. ^ "Herschel Walker is running for U.S. Senate in Georgia".
  7. ^ "Gov. Kemp Ready For 2022 Run, Despite Trump's Vow To Campaign Against Him". 90.1 FM WABE. 2021-01-26. Retrieved 2021-02-04.
  8. ^ Fausset, Richard (15 April 2021). "Vernon Jones, a Pro-Trump Republican, Will Challenge Kemp in Georgia". The New York Times.
  9. ^ "About Kandiss Taylor". Kandiss Taylor for Governor.
  10. ^ Steve Phillips (December 13, 2018). "Dear Beto, Andrew, and Stacey—Run Again". The Nation. Retrieved May 13, 2020.
  11. ^ Amy, Jeff (25 May 2021). "Top Georgia Senate Republican Miller to run for lt. governor". AP. Retrieved 5 June 2021.
  12. ^ Duncan, Geoff [@GeoffDuncanGA] (May 17, 2021). "Statement from Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan on decision to not seek re-election in 2022. #gapol t.co/VRkqd7P0P2" (Tweet). Archived from the original on June 1, 2021. Retrieved June 11, 2021 – via Twitter.
  13. ^ Allen, Erick [@erickallen] (March 25, 2021). "For all the talk from the GA Lt. Gov. about "Republican 2.0" it looks like his upgrade failed and he's now back to GOP -1.0. We need a Lt. Gov that will fight for Georgians rights and not coward to The Big Lie. #GApol #ImReady" (Tweet). Archived from the original on March 31, 2021. Retrieved June 11, 2021 – via Twitter.
  14. ^ Bali, Rahul [@rahulbali] (March 29, 2021). "ELECTION 2022 UPDATE: Georgia State Representative Erick Allen tells me he has filed paperwork to run for the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor. #gapol #gadems #GPBLawmakers t.co/hTXAZR3UbD" (Tweet). Archived from the original on March 30, 2021. Retrieved June 11, 2021 – via Twitter.
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  16. ^ "Renitta Shannon for Lt. Governor". Renitta Shannon for Lt. Governor. Retrieved 2022-01-02.
  17. ^ "Rep. Jody Hice, Who Pushed False Election Conspiracies, Announces Secretary of State Run".
  18. ^ "MSN". MSN.
  19. ^ Nguyen, Bee [@BeeForGeorgia] (May 4, 2021). "MAY THE FOURTH BEE NGUYENING! I'm excited to announce my campaign to become Georgia's next Secretary of State! My priorities will be access, equity, & efficiency across all divisions. Join me in my fight for free & fair elections: t.co/UmOvd0Mp4m t.co/0hFhWn74B6" (Tweet). Archived from the original on June 1, 2021. Retrieved June 11, 2021 – via Twitter.
  20. ^ "Albany's Manswell Peterson kicks off Georgia secretary of state campaign".
  21. ^ "Democrat John Eaves Mounts Run for Georgia Secretary of State".
  22. ^ Bluestein, Greg. "Georgia 2022: AG Chris Carr will run for re-election -- not US Senate". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
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  24. ^ "Jen Jordan is running for attorney general in Georgia".
  25. ^ Bali, Rahul [@rahulbali] (March 30, 2021). "ELECTION 2022 UPDATE: Georgia State Senator Bruce Thompson tells me he has filed his Declaration of Intent to run for the Republican nomination for Georgia Labor Commissioner. #gapol #gagop #GPBLawmakers t.co/9C6DjtuTjA" (Tweet). Archived from the original on March 30, 2021. Retrieved June 11, 2021 – via Twitter.
  26. ^ William K. Boddie Jr. [@boddieforga] (April 5, 2021). "I'm officially announcing today that I will be seeking election for Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Labor in 2022! I will provide real leadership as your Next GA Labor Commissioner. I humbly ask for your vote & support in 2022. You can donate at t.co/brib9QQSjn. t.co/XQj0fHI81g" (Tweet). Retrieved June 11, 2021 – via Twitter.
  27. ^ "Savannah Sen. Lester Jackson eyes run for State Labor Commissioner in 2022".
  28. ^ "Nicole Horn for Georgia".
  29. ^ Richard Woods | Georgia's State School Superintendent - Richard Woods launches re-election campaign for State School Superintendent
  30. ^ "John King running to remain Georgia insurance commissioner". Associated Press. 20 April 2021.
  31. ^ Wilson, Matthew [@mwilsonGA] (April 28, 2021). "It's time to start organizing for 2022. I'm running for Insurance Commissioner to fight for all Georgians no matter who they are or where they come from. We can choose lower monthly bills and better coverage, if we choose leaders who work for us. t.co/DoFAYUl40P" (Tweet). Archived from the original on May 4, 2021. Retrieved June 11, 2021 – via Twitter.
  32. ^ "Nakita Hemingway, Agriculture Commissioner".
  33. ^ https://twitter.com/TeamEcholsPsc[bare URL]
  34. ^ "Democrat Patty Durand enters race for Georgia Public Service Commission seat |".
  35. ^ "Kemp names Fitz Johnson to vacant PSC position".