As the critical midterm elections on Nov. 8 approach, Georgians have one more chance to weigh in on Democratic and Republican candidates in key races.
Monday kicks off a week of early voting for each party’s primary playoffs in statewide races for lieutenant governor, secretary of state, commissioner of labor and commissioner of insurance, as well as several congressional seats and other local clashes. The two ballots pit the top two voters against each other in races where no candidate won a majority in the May 24 Democratic and Republican primaries.
Here’s everything you need to know to pass the trickle down vote:
KEY DATES OF PRIMARY STREAM:
Last day to request a postal 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 before an election, so it’s too late for new voters to register for the June 21 primary run-off, but go ahead and register for November 8. here.
Where to vote? To find here.
CONFRONTATIONS OF CANDIDATES:
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR (Democrat)
Primary Vote Percentage: 17.6%
Why I run: Better access to health care for Georgian workers by expanding Medicaid. Reduce class size. Pay teachers and law enforcement officers more.
Primary Vote Percentage: 30.2%
Occupation:Former Atlanta City Councilman and U.S. Congressman
Why I run: Protect teachers and education. Reopen medical facilities in areas where they have been closed. Affordable housing.
The winner will face Republican Senator Burt Jones on November 8.
SECRETARY OF STATE (Democratic)
Primary Vote Percentage: 18.7%
Occupation: Former State Representative
Why I run: Critique of Georgia’s New Election Integrity Law. Voting rights of champions, small business owners and professionals.
Primary Vote Percentage: 44.3%
Occupation: State representative
Why I run: Critique of Georgia’s New Election Integrity Law. Champion voting rights. Wants to ensure that the Office of the Secretary of State works with all counties to provide adequate training and resources to conduct effective elections. Ensure that election and voting information is translated into multiple languages.
The winner will face incumbent Republican Brad Raffensperger on November 8.
COMMISSIONER OF INSURANCE (Democrat)
Primary Vote Percentage: 48.7%
Occupation: Insurance Industry Veteran
Why I run: Fight for affordable premiums. Hold insurance companies accountable. Modernize the state insurance department. Ensuring safety in schools and communities.
Primary Vote Percentage: 33.1%
Occupation: Insurance industry veteran, business owner
Why I run: Wants “affordable and viable healthcare solutions” and “equitable insurance rates for all Georgians”. For car insurance, he wants “good risk segmentation to prevent good drivers from being penalized and to stabilize the rates of careful drivers”.
The winner will face Republican John King on November 8.
LABOR COMMISSIONER (Democrat)
William “Will” Boddie Jr.
Primary Vote Percentage: 27.7%
Occupation: Attorney and State Representative for GA House District 62
Why I run: Reopen state unemployment offices that were closed during the pandemic. Provide vocational training and apprenticeships to young people. Support unions for jobs that pay a more decent wage with safer working conditions. Overhaul the Department of Labor to ensure small businesses can fill jobs and connect with job seekers and veterans.
Primary Vote Percentage: 25.1%
Occupation: Jobs have included Waffle House waitress, business executive, TV reporter and business owner.
Why I run: Improve the payment of unemployment benefits. Create mobile career centers. Start learning programs. Establish regional labor commissions. Fight systemic discrimination in the workplace. Reduce prison recidivism by creating jobs.
The winner will face Republican Bruce Thompson on November 8.
US HOUSE, DISTRICT 6 (Republican)
Percentages of primary votes: 23%
Profession: lawyer, former chairman of the State Ethics Commission
Why I run: Opposes abortion except when a woman’s life is in danger. Supports 2nd Amendment and Law Enforcement. Wants closed primaries for voters. Supporters of disbanding the US Senate’s Jan. 6 committee investigating the 2021 attack on the US Capitol.
Percentages of primary votes: 43.1%
Occupation: Emergency physician and former navy pilot
Why I run: Opposes abortion. Supports the 2nd Amendment. Wants pharmaceutical reforms.
The winner will face Democrat Bob Christian on November 8
US HOUSE, DISTRICT 10 (Democrats)
Primary Vote Percentage: 19.3%
Occupation: real estate agent
Why I run: Right to vote. Decent wages. Universal health care. Tax reform with a tiered top marginal rate that ties lower rates to the creation of gainful employment. Common Sense Gun Laws.
Tabitha Johnson Green
Primary Vote Percentage: 42%
Occupation: Registered nurse
Why I run: Affordable health care.more affordable, outlaws discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation. Free public college. Renewable energy instead of fossil fuels. Modernizing the US Electricity Grid.
The winner will face the winner of the Republican runoff for House District 10.
US HOUSE, DISTRICT 10 (Republican)
Primary Vote Percentage: 25.6%
Occupation: trucking frame
Why I run: Opposes abortion. Supports the 2nd Amendment. Revise Washington, DC Create jobs.
Primary Vote Percentage: 21.5%
Occupation: Former DeKalb County CEO and State House Representative
Why I run: Opposes abortion. Supports the 2nd Amendment. Close the Mexican border. Increase funding for police and first responders. Replace federal income tax with a 23% federal retail sales tax via “fair tax”.
The winner will face the winner of the Democratic run-off for House District 10.
For more information on the second round of elections, contact your county registrar’s office.