Early voting has begun for the May 22 primaries, in which Georgia voters will pick party nominees for the successor to Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.
The choice is simple if not easy for the Democrats: either Stacey Abrams or Stacey Evans, both former state representatives hoping to become Georgia’s first female governor. The AJT examined them in detail in the March 30 issue (atlantajewishtimes.timesofisrael.com/2-georgia-democrats-race-on-parallel-paths).
This week we present the five Republicans who are most likely to get their party’s nomination, although a runoff between the top two vote-getters will be the result if no one wins a majority May 22. For reasons of space and time, we excluded two long-shot Republicans, Eddie Hayes (istandwitheddie.com) and Marc Urbach (www.marcurbach.com).
The five candidates profiled here — Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, former state Sen. Hunter Hill, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, tech executive and consultant Clay Tippins, and state Sen. Michael Williams — are the ones invited to participate in the Republican Jewish Coalition’s job-interview forum in March, at the end of which Clay Tippins won a straw poll. We will have videos from that forum on our YouTube channel and in this article.
As for additional pre-primary coverage, the AJT profiled state Rep. Deborah Silcox and her Jewish challenger in the Republican primary, Gavi Shapiro, in the April 27 issue. In the May 11 issue we’ll look at the four Democrats vying to take on Rep. Karen Handel in the 6th Congressional District.
On May 18 the AJT plans to present two other elections involving Jewish candidates: the Public Service Commission primary with Lindy Miller and the nonpartisan Fulton County Superior Court election with Bobby Wolf.