Dave Schechter is a veteran journalist whose career includes writing and producing reports from Israel and elsewhere in the Middle East.
Tom Price's resignation to become health and human services secretary has led to an 18-candidate election.
A national spotlight is shining on Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, which votes April 18 to replace Tom Price, the Roswell Republican who became secretary of health and human services.
The 6th is carved from eastern Cobb County, northern DeKalb County and northern Fulton County and includes all or parts of Tucker, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Milton and Roswell.
District lines were redrawn after the 2010 census, with the current boundaries taking effect for the 2012 election.
According to a report on voting trends, in recent 6th District primaries “about 68 percent of voters voted in one or more Republican primaries and 32 percent voted in one or more Democratic primaries.”
Based on data compiled in 2013, the Berman Jewish Data Bank reported that 58,000 Jews accounted for 8.38 percent of the district’s 691,975 residents, the highest percentage of Jews in any of the state’s 14 congressional districts. Nearly half metro Atlanta’s Jews live in the 6th.