Elections in Georgia: Kemp, Abrams, Perdue
Republican incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp is set for a rematch against Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams, provided he can fend off several key challenges within his own party.
Four years ago, Kemp narrowly beat Abrams to become governor. His biggest challenge comes from former Sen. David Perdue, who is running with the backing of former President Donald Trump.
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The governor of Georgia is responsible for executive branch agencies and signs bills passed by the legislature or can choose to veto them. The position gained national attention after the close 2018 race and Trump’s opposition to Kemp. Kemp acknowledged that President Joe Biden had won the presidential race in Georgia and refused to support Trump’s efforts to overturn the election results.
This primary will take place on May 24. The general election will be held on November 8, in which Shane Hazel runs for the Libertarian Party and Al Bartell runs as an independent.
Republican Governor Brian Kemp, outgoing
Kemp is the current governor and former secretary of state. On his campaign website, he focuses on the work he did as governor on business growth, gun rights and education, including raising teacher salaries. He signed at least two bills that received national attention, including the “heartbeat” abortion bill, which sought to ban abortions after about six weeks and was eventually struck down, and SB 202, which changed the way elections are administered in Georgia. Prior to serving as Secretary of State, Kemp was a businessman and served in the state Senate.
Democrat Stacey Abrams
Abrams is the former Georgia House of Representatives Minority Leader and ran against Kemp in 2018. Abrams said she was running to expand Medicaid, protect voting rights and access to health care. education. She is the founder of Fair Fight Action, which has worked nationally on voting and election issues, access to medical care, and medical debt in the South. Abrams served 11 years in the Georgia House of Representatives and was known as a bipartisan lawmaker. In 2010, she was elected House Minority Leader. She is also the author of several fiction and non-fiction books.
Republican David Perdue
Perdue was the senator from Georgia before losing a 2021 re-election bid to current senator Jon Ossoff. Perdue received Trump’s endorsement for his false claims that Georgia’s 2020 election results were inaccurate, and he has proposed to create an election law enforcement. division. He also wants to eliminate state income tax, create a parent’s bill of rights and enact additional limits on elected office. Prior to his election to the Senate in 2014, Perdue was a businessman, including as an executive for Reebok and Dollar General.
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Republican Catherine Davis
Davis is a public speaker and activist. According to its website, its priorities include election integrity, religious and medical freedom, and opposition to abortion.
Republican Kandiss Taylor
Taylor works in public education and has worked as a teacher and counselor. Her platform is “Jesus, Guns and Babies,” and she also runs on election integrity and education issues.
Republican Tom Williams also qualified to run, but did not appear to have provided contact information. The Chronicle could not find additional information about his candidacy.