The 3rd District may be the least predictable congressional race in Georgia for the simple reason that incumbent Republican Lynn Westmoreland is retiring. Nine candidates — Republicans Rod Thomas, Chip Flanegan, Drew Ferguson, Jim Pace, Mike Crane, Richard Mix and Samuel Anders and Democrats Angela Pendley and Tamarkus Cook — are on the ballot Tuesday, May 24, to replace Westmoreland in representing a district south and west of Atlanta.

The district runs from Villa Rica to Columbus and from the Alabama border to McDonough and Forsyth, including the growing Jewish community centered around Peachtree City.

The AJT invited all the candidates to answer a questionnaire to introduce themselves to our readers. Only Rod Thomas met the submission deadline, but if others get their answers to us before Election Day, we will post them at