Fifteen people -- six Democrats and nine Republicans -- are vying to become state schools superintendent, making it the most crowded statewide race in Tuesday's primary election.
The seat is being vacated after a single term by Superintendent John Barge, who is one of two Republican primary challengers to Gov. Nathan Deal. Incumbents in other statewide constitutional offices, all Republicans, are running unopposed in their primaries, while the other races with contested Democratic primaries are insurance commissioner and secretary of state.
The Republican candidates for superintendent are:
Mary Kay Baccallao, of Fayetteville, an education professor at Mercer University;
Ashley Bell, of Gainesville, an attorney and former Hall County commissioner;
Mike Buck, of Rome, an educator and acting chief of staff for Barge;
Sharyl Dawes, of Johns Creek, an educator;
Allen Fort, of Valdosta, superintendent of the Quitman County School System;
Nancy Jester, of Dunwoody, a former DeKalb County school board member;
Fitz Johnson, Atlanta, a business owner;
Kira Willis, of Roswell, an educator;
Richard Woods, of Tifton, an educator.
The Democrats are:
Tarnisha Dent, of Atlanta, an educator;
Denise Freeman, of Tignall, a consultant;
Jurita Forehand Mays, of DeKalb County, an educator;
Alisha Morgan, a state representative from Austell;
Rita Robinzine, an educator from Lithonia;
Valarie Wilson, a nonprofit director from Decatur.
Competing to try to unseat Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp are Democrats Gerald Beckum, mayor of Oglethorpe and owner of a landscaping company, and Doreen Carter, a consultant from Lithonia.
In the Democratic primary for insurance commissioner, Liz Johnson, a retired insurance agent from Statesboro is squaring off against Fayetteville insurance associate Keith Heard for the chance to take on Republican incumbent Commissioner Ralph Hudgens.
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, a Republican, will defend his seat later this year against a challenge from Atlanta real estate broker and former state senator Connie Stokes, a Democrat.
Attorney General Sam Olens, a Republican, is running unopposed and will be challenged in the general election by Democrat Greg Hecht, an attorney and former state lawmaker from Jonesboro.
Robbin Shipp, an attorney former state representative from Atlanta, is the only Democrat seeking to unseat Republican Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler.
In the race to be agriculture commissioner, Christopher Irvin, a small business owner from Toccoa and the lone Democratic candidate, will try in November to unseat the man who replaced his grandfather, Tommy Irvin, who stepped down as agriculture commissioner after more than 40 years in office.
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Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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