Georgia On My Mind
Candidates for Governor:
Nathan Deal (R)
John Nathan Deal (born August 25, 1942) is an American politician who has been the 82nd Governor of Georgia since January 2011. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Democratic Party candidate in 1992, but switched to the Republican Party in 1995. On March 1, 2010, Deal announced his resignation from Congress to run for governor of Georgia.
Deal faced a crowded field of candidates in the July Republican primary but ultimately faced former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel in a tightly contested August 10, 2010, primary runoff election, and won by fewer than 2500 votes. The following day Handel declined to pursue a recount and conceded. On November 2, Democratic opponent Roy Barnes called to concede the race for governor of Georgia, making Deal the governor-elect to succeed term-limited Sonny Perdue in 2011.
Deal is running for re-election as Georgia's governor in 2014.
Jason Carter (D)
Jason James Carter (born August 7, 1975) is an American politician from the state of Georgia. Carter is a Democratic member of the Georgia State Senate, and grandson of former president Jimmy Carter. He is the nominee for the Democratic party for Georgia governor in the 2014 election.
In 2013, Carter commissioned a poll of a potential race against Nathan Deal in the 2014 Georgia gubernatorial election. He subsequently announced that he would run for the Democratic nomination.
Carter said that people in Georgia have the right to have the Sons of Confederate Veterans-backed license plate, which features an image of the Confederate flag and that he would not try to stop them if elected.
In 2014, Carter voted to implement House Bill (H.B.) 60, the Safe Carry Protection Act, also known as the "Guns Everywhere" Law. Carter stated that having grown up in rural Georgia, his vote for passage of the law was a reflection of bipartisanship. He also stated that gun rights are important to people in rural Georgia. The Safe Carry Protection Act is a controversial new law to take effect on July 1, 2014 that permits licensed gun owners to carry guns into many public and private places, including churches, school property, bars, nightclubs, libraries, and some government buildings in Georgia.The law was supported by the Georgia Baptist Convention which includes 3,600 Baptist churches in Georgia in favor of increased church autonomy, but is not supported by Catholic or Episcopalian church leaders due to their belief that it is against Jesus' teachings.
Michelle Nunn (D)
Mary Michelle Nunn (born 1966) is the Democratic Party nominee in the race for Georgia's U.S. Senate seat in 2014 and past (on leave of absence) CEO of Points of Light, an American nonprofit. She has been an executive for the volunteer service organization since 1990, previously running the predecessor and member organizations Hands On Atlanta, City Cares, and HandsOn Network. She is the daughter of former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn.
On May 20, 2014, Nunn won the Democratic primary for the Senate seat with 75 percent of the vote, having skipped many of the debates and public forums where three other little-known candidates appeared. The Republican primary resulted in a July 22 runoff contest to be held between businessman David Perdue and U.S. Representative Jack Kingston.