As the critical Nov. 8 midterm election approaches, Georgians have one more chance to weigh in on the Democratic and Republican candidates in key races. 

Monday kicks off a week of early voting for each party’s primary runoffs in the statewide races for lieutenant governor, secretary of state, labor commissioner and insurance commissioner, plus several congressional seats and other local match-ups. The runoffs pit the top two vote-getters against each other in races where no candidate won a majority in the Democratic and Republican primaries held on May 24.

Here’s everything you need to know to breeze through runoff voting:

KEY PRIMARY RUNOFF DATES:

Last day to request an absentee ballot: Friday, June 10. Request a ballot here.

Advance voting: June 13-17

Election Day: Tuesday, June 21

Not registered to vote? You must be registered 30 days in advance of an election, so it’s too late for new voters to register for the June 21 primary runoff–but go ahead and register for Nov. 8 here.

Where do I vote? Find out here.


THE CANDIDATES FACE-OFF:

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR (Democratic)

Charlie Bailey

Primary vote percentage: 17.6%

Occupation: Attorney 

Why I’m running: Better access to healthcare for working Georgians by expanding Medicaid. Reduce class sizes. Pay teachers and law enforcement officers more.

Website: charlieforgeorgia.com

Kwanza Hall

Primary vote percentage: 30.2%

Occupation: ​​Former Atlanta city councilperson and U.S. congress member

Why I’m running: Protect teachers and education. Reopen medical facilities in areas where they’ve closed. Affordable housing.

Website: kwanzahall.com

The winner will face Republican state senator Burt Jones on Nov. 8.

SECRETARY OF STATE (Democratic)

Dee Dawkins-Haigler

Primary vote percentage: 18.7%

Occupation: Former state representative 

Why I’m running: Critic of Georgia’s new election integrity law. Champions voting rights, small business owners and professionals.

Website: deeforgeorgia.com

Bee Nguyen

Primary vote percentage: 44.3%

Occupation: State representative

Why I’m running: Critic of Georgia’s new election integrity law. Champions voting rights. Wants to ensure the Secretary of State’s office works with all counties to provide adequate training and resources to run efficient elections. Ensure election and voting information is translated into multiple languages. 

Website: beeforgeorgia.com

The winner will face the incumbent, Republican Brad Raffensperger, on Nov. 8.

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER (Democratic)

Janice Laws Robinson 

Primary vote percentage: 48.7%

Occupation: Insurance industry veteran 

Why I’m running: To fight for affordable premiums. Hold insurance companies accountable. Modernize the state insurance department. Ensure safety in schools and communities. 

Website: janiceforgeorgia.com

Raphael Baker

Primary vote percentage: 33.1%

Occupation: Insurance industry veteran, business owner

Why I’m running:  Wants “affordable, viable healthcare solutions” and “equitable insurance rates for all Georgians.” For auto insurance, wants  “proper risk segmentation to stop good drivers from being penalized and stabilize rates for safe drivers.” 

Website: raphaelbakerforgeorgia.com

The winner will face Republican John King on Nov. 8.

LABOR COMMISSIONER (Democratic)

William “Will” Boddie Jr.

Primary vote percentage: 27.7%

Occupation: Attorney and state representative for GA House District 62

Why I’m running: Re-open state unemployment offices that have been closed during the pandemic. Provide vocational training and apprenticeships for young people. Stand with unions for jobs that pay a more livable wage with safer working conditions. Overhaul labor department to ensure small businesses can fill jobs and connect with job seekers and veterans.

Website: boddieforga.com

Nicole Horn

Primary vote percentage: 25.1%

Occupation: Jobs have  included Waffle House waitress, corporate executive, TV reporter and business owner.

Why I’m running: Improve unemployment benefit disbursement. Create mobile career centers. Start apprenticeship programs. Establish regional labor boards. Tackle systemic job discrimination. Reduce prison recidivism through job creation.

Website: nicolehornforgeorgia.com


The winner will face Republican Bruce Thompson on Nov. 8.

U.S. HOUSE, DISTRICT 6 (Republican)

Jake Evans

Primary vote percentages: 23%

Occupation: Attorney, former State Ethics Commission chair

 Why I’m running: Opposes abortion, except when a woman’s life is in jeopardy. Supports 2nd Amendment and law enforcement. Wants closed primaries for voters. Advocates disbanding the U.S. Senate’s Jan. 6 commission probing the 2021 U.S. Capitol attack. 

Website: jakeevans.org

Rich McCormick

Primary vote percentages: 43.1%

Occupation: Emergency room physician and former Marine pilot

Why I’m running: Opposes abortion. Supports 2nd Amendment. Wants pharmaceutical reforms.

Website: www.richmccormick.us

The winner will face Democrat Bob Christian on Nov. 8

U.S HOUSE, DISTRICT 10 (Democrats) 

Jessica Fore

Primary vote percentage: 19.3%

Occupation: realtor

Why I’m running: Voting rights. Living wages. Universal healthcare. Tax reform with a multi-tiered top marginal rate that links the lower-tier rates to creating living-wage jobs. Common-sense gun laws.

Website: jessicaforega.com

Tabitha Johnson-Green

Primary vote percentage: 42%

Occupation: Registered nurse

Why I’m running: Affordable healthcare.more affordable, Outlaw discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation. Free public college. Renewable energy instead of fossil fuels. Modernize U.S. power grid.

Website: tabithaforcongress.com               

The winner will face the Republican runoff winner for House District 10.

U.S. HOUSE, DISTRICT 10  (Republican)

Mike Collins

Primary vote percentage: 25.6%

Occupation: Trucking executive 

Why I’m running: Opposes abortion. Supports 2nd Amendment. Overhaul Washington, D.C. Create jobs.

Website: mikecollinsga.com

Vernon Jones

Primary vote percentage: 21.5%

Occupation: Former DeKalb County CEO and state house representative

Why I’m running: Opposes abortion. Supports 2nd Amendment. Close Mexican border. Increase funding for police and first responders. Replace federal income tax with a 23% federal retail tax via “Fair Tax.”

Website: jonesforga.com

The winner will face the Democratic runoff winner for House District 10.

Want to know more about the candidates? Check out the Atlanta Press Club’s Loudermilk Young Debate Series here or here.

For more information about runoff elections, contact your county Registrar’s Office.

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3 Comments

  1. What about the JUDGE and BOARD OF DEUCATION candidates? NEVER ENOUGH INFORMATION ON ALL CANDIDATES RUNNING. WHY IS THIS SITE SO HIDDEN FROM THE PUBLIC? A NIGHTMARE TO FIND ANYTHING ABOUT THE CANDIDATES RUNNING!

  2. I agree. It is nightmare to find information regarding political candidates in Georgia. Who can I contact in regards to this matter?

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