Gary Black

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black addresses the crowd at the Wild Hog Supper, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Atlanta. The unofficial start to the 2014 legislative session known as the Wild Hog Supper features the same group of Georgia politicians and lobbyists as previous years, but it has a more transparent tone this year. An estimated 1,000 people attended Sunday night's event, which is in its 52nd year. Previously, it wasn't always clear who was paying for what at the event. With the General Assembly passing major ethics reforms last year, officials suggested an overhaul of the Wild Hog Supper, too. Now, the Georgia Food Bank Association is organizing the event. Attendees paid $20 a person and were asked to bring a canned food item for donation. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

ATLANTA (CBS46) — Sen. Raphael Warnock has a new Republican challenger in the 2022 U.S. Senate race in Georgia.

Gary Black, who has served as Georgia's agriculture commissioner since 2011, is currently in his third term in office. 

Speaking at the Georgia GOP Convention in Jekyll Island, Black blasted Sen. Warnock and President Joe Biden saying, "they're five months into it and job growth and opportunity are down, inflation, debt and gas prices are up, the Middle East is back at war. Satisfied? Or sickened? I fundamentally object. I’ll stand in the gap and say the wave comes this far, and no further."

Black was a founding member of President Trump's rural and agriculture advisory group that started in 2016, according to an email from his campaign. He was also a supporter of Congressman Doug Collins' Senate campaign last year.

Black has been part of Georgia's agriculture industry for more than 40 years, serving in several different roles. He is a University of Georgia graduate was the 2017 Georgia Trend Magazine Georgian of the Year.

Other GOP candidates currently in the race include Republican contractor, and Trump supporter, Kelvin King, along with former Navy SEAL and Trump administration official, Latham Saddler.

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