Buckhead registered voters will go to the polls July 15 to cast their votes in Georgia primary elections that will have U.S. Rep. John Lewis facing two primary opponents for the first time in years, a slew of Fulton County races and five Democrats seeking the chance to run against U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss in November.
Civil Rights leader and incumbent Congressman Lewis is facing challenges in the Democratic primary from Markel Hutchins and “Able” Mable Thomas.
In the primary races for Georgia House of Representative seats, Dist. 54 Republican Rep. Edward Lindsey faces no primary opposition. However, the Democratic primary for Dist. 53 pits Elly Dobbs against Pamela A. Stanley. In Dist. 55 the Democrat primary pits Joel Alvarado against Rashad Taylor, while Timothy J. Payne is running alone as an Independent.
All Georgia voters will have a chance to select a Democrat challenger to incumbent U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who is running unopposed in the Republican primary. The five candidates in the Democrat primary are: Dale Cardwell, Vernon Jones, Rand Knight, Josh Lanier, and Jim Martin. Libertarian candidate Allen Buckley also is running unopposed in primary.
Additionally, Buckhead voters will have an opportunity to decide a number of Fulton County primary races. The offices up for re-election and the primary candidates are:
Clerk of Superior Court: Mary Dancy (D), Lewis L. Pittman (D), Cathelene “Tina” Robinson (D) and William Gerard Wright (D).
Sheriff: Ronald L. Brandy (D), Frank L. Brown (D), Curtis Steven “JD” Farmer (D), incumbent Myron E. Freeman (D), Theodore Jackson (D), Patrick “Pat” Labat (D), Aubrey J. Osteen (D), Charles Rambo (D), Arthur E. Ferdinand (D), John Stewart (D). Republican Michael Rary is running unopposed in primary.
Solicitor General: Democrat Carmen D. Smith is running unopposed in primary.
Surveyor: Democrat Robert T. Armstrong is unopposed in the primary as is Republican William “Bill” J. Daniel.
District Attorney, Atlanta Judicial Circuit: Democrat Paul Howard is running unopposed.