News sources, Facebook, and email are abuzz this morning with the exclusive AJC announcement that State Senator Jason Carter has thrown his hat into the 2014 Georgia Governor’s race. Rumors abound, the most significant being that Former State Senator and current Governor candidate, Connie Stokes, will switch her efforts to a campaign for Lieutenant Governor. We’ll update if that announcement comes.
43 years ago, in 1970, Jason’s grandfather, Jimmy Carter, was elected Governor of Georgia. His gubernatorial service is often credited to his presidential win in 1976. Jason Carter is quick to say that his campaign for Governor is about Georgia’s future, not about his family.
“We can’t wait as a state,” said Jason Carter, who plans to formally announce his candidacy Thursday. “The bottom line is we can’t afford four more years of an economy that’s not working for the middle class and an education system that’s underfunded. It’s not about politics. It’s about making sure we can get the state that we need.”
It should be interesting to see if the campaigns of Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter play up the their pedigree during the campaigns. Imagine a photo op with the Carter’s and Nunn’s. Father, grandfather, daughter, grandson.
Jason is a hardworking and enthusiastic fellow with a history of public service. Let’s hope his energy and enthusiasm are enough to prevail against the Republicans running.
UPDATE: Connie Stokes announced earlier that she will be running as Lieutenant Governor alongside Jason Carter. Jason’s website is live now, so go right over there and make a contribution. This is going to be an expensive campaign season – get started now! I did.
Andre Dickens wins, and so does Shirley Franklin & Cathy Woolard. Note to all, don’t mess with these two women.
Mary Norwood wins, and I could not be more pleased that she will be a thorn in peoples sides at City Hall. That is not sarcasm.
Friend of this Blog, Wendy Davis wins in Rome! I’m thrilled about this, she’s eminently capable and remarkable. I have no doubt she will serve the city she loves with distinction.
Red sneaker wearing DFI Rockstar Ted Terry wins his election to become Mayor of Clarkston.
No one I know that lives in Atlanta voted for THE Mayor. Oh they voted, don’t misunderstand me, but they either skipped him, voted for one of his competitors or wrote in Hillary Clinton’s name. It was true confessions last night, sort of like being at a AA meeting. “Hi, my name is Mary, I’m a Atlanta Democrat but couldn’t bring myself to vote for Mayor Reed” and the rest of the table responded; “Hi, Mary you are in good company”.
Voting machine “gliches” around Atlanta. Some machines not plugged in, polls that opened late, wrong names on ballots. Maybe everyones “angergy “(anger+energy) at the ACA website could be turned to the Fulton Elections Board and the SoS lets get this sorted out toot-sweet. Or better yet, how about we just change the law and have us all vote early regionally or vote by mail like they do in Washington State or both. Seriously, this system is expensive and ridiculously labor intensive.
First, if you want to review the candidates and confirm your districts check out the Georgia League of Women Voters super-cool Voter Guide!
Creative Loafing has published their endorsements. Georgia Equality announced theirs. Red Clay Democrats have some. Georgia Stonewall too. Atlanta Progressive News is up too. The consensus seems to be: give The Mayor a second term to finish the work; Andre Dickens has much to offer; and Felicia Moore works hard (and is a good counterpoint to The Mayor).
Atlanta School Board is not as clear… Some like Brenda, others Leslie. Everyone (except APN) likes Jason! Charter Schools and Teach for America influence seem to be the sticking points for school board candidates.
Blog for Democracy’s Election Endorsement-Palooza is worth a review, as well.
Unsurprisingly President Obama endorses Atlanta Mayor Reed. Please note I said Atlanta Mayor, not “The Mayor of Georgia”.
Former Mayor of Atlanta Shirley Franklin endorses Andre Dickens for City Council Post 3, if you haven’t heard about this street fight, you must be living under a rock in Allatoona. Andre’s complete endorsement list here.
Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams endorses Andre Dickens for Atlanta City Council Post 3.
Congressman Lewis endorses Council Member Aaron Watson for Atlanta City Council Post 2, Rep. Lewis joins the following elected, and former officials to endorse Aaron Watson. Former Mayor and U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young, State Senator Jason Carter, Mayor Kasim Reed, Fulton County Commissioner Emma Darnell, Fulton County Commissioner Joan Garner, Former Governor Roy Barnes, Former Mayor Sam Massell, Former City Council President Cathy Woolard.
The North Georgia Labor Council endorses City Council Member Aaron Watson Post 2.
Atlanta’s International Brotherhood of Police Officers – Local 623 Endorse candidate Andre Dickens Atlanta City Council Post 3.
Atlanta Professional Firefighters - IAFF Local 134 Endorse candidate Andre Dickens Atlanta City Council Post 3.
Communication Workers of America - AFL-CIO/ Local 3204Endorse candidate Andre Dickens Atlanta City Council Post 3.
Note to Labor people, if you’re proud of your endorsements you might want to bring them out into the big bright light of the internet. I’m not digging 5 pages into a google search to find them. Consequently, no link love for you.
The Business People:
Better Community Political Action Committee (Buckhead Coalition) endorses Council Member Aaron Watson Post 2.
Committee for Better Atlanta Candidate Scores here. I actually found this very helpful and insightful, as in who didn’t show up and who scored poorly.
Georgia Stonewall Democrats Endorsements here.
Georgia Equality Endorsements and ratings here. Yes, they do both.
Georgia Log Cabin Republicans endorse Mary Norwood. Trust me on this one. No link since they didn’t post it on their own *cough* circa 1998 website.
Friend of this blog, Charlie Harper weights in over at Peach Pundit in support of Atlanta Mayor Reed, Council Member Aaron Watson and Member Felicia Moore.
Oh wait. Does the fish wrapper do this anymore? Bueller? Bueller?
I can’t even with the School Board races. Twenty six folks running.. I’mma going to say, see you all in the runoffs!
I’m sure I’ve missed a slew of them, candidates, consultants, pr flacks have at it the comments.
If you signed up for email updates from the Michelle Nunn Senatorial Campaign, you should have received an email today titled: Michelle Nunn’s Stock is Rising (text below the fold). This email also introduced us to Ms Nunn’s campaign manager, Jeff DeSantis. Some of you may remember Jeff from his days as Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Georgia. Welcome back to the fray, Jeff!
I’m not going to disagree with the Jeff’s claim that Ms Nunn’s stock is rising. I’m sure that raising over $1 Million for the last fundraising period, and her name recognition as the former CEO of Points of Light have raised her “stock” considerably. However, I will challenge the dividends of this rise in stock. The remarks from Ms Nunn over the past few weeks give me pause, and I’m joined by fellow progressives here and here on Facebook.
On Syria: ”But ultimately I believe that we must come together and I would join with our two Georgia Senators, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, in supporting a limited, defined, and strategic military action to be outlined and carried out by our military leadership.”
On the Affordable Care Act: ”And it is why, I believe that in light of the recent implementation challenges, I agree with bipartisan efforts led by Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson to postpone the insurance penalty for Georgia families.”
On Marriage Equality: On gay marriage: Nunn said she agreed with the U.S. Supreme Court decision that left the definition of marriage to the individual states. “I also believe that marriage is not only a legal construct, but a sacrament, and every religious institution has to be able to define it for themselves,” she said.
If you’re looking for further information on Ms Nunn’s perspective on issues, don’t bother with her website. It is stark. Nothing more than a contribution link and a bio.
No one asked me, but if they had, I would have given this advice: Ms Nunn would benefit greatly from engaging the base and creating advocates/surrogates among hardworking Democrats. This would be easily accomplished by attending a few County Party meetings, a YD meeting or two. Heck, a drop in at Manuel’s for the Atlanta Young Dems would have been incredibly beneficial. She could have wandered around the PRIDE Parade staging area and met many potential supporters.
What’s a voter to do? There are other options. Dr Branko Radulovacki (Dr Rad) declared his candidacy for US Senate in June. Todd Robinson has declared. And last, but not least, former State Senator Steen Miles has declared, as well.
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