On Sunday, former Democratic Ga. Congressman John Barrow announced he will end a three-year absence from politics with a statewide bid to become secretary of state in 2018.
Barrow said he refuses to “stand on the sidelines when we face such huge challenges.”
A win for Barrow could be huge for Georgia, especially with several special elections in our state coming up on Nov. 7 with the potential to put Democrats back in state legislative seats.
“We have too many people in Atlanta who act like they do in Washington — who put partisan politics ahead of what’s in the best interest of Georgia,” Barrow said in a press release on Monday.
We don’t have to wait until the next presidential election to push back against politicians who have been acting in Trump’s interest, not Georgia’s. With Dems poised to make up some lost ground in our state, we can take action right now.
Be sure to check out which districts are having special elections and how the candidates are shaping up:
- House District 119 (parts of Clarke and Oconee Counties): Four candidates will be running to replace Republican Rep. Chuck Williams – three Republicans and one Democrat. With the Republican vote split, sole Democrat Jonathan Wallace has a promising shot at winning the seat.
- House District 42 (parts of Cobb County): Democrat Smyrna Councilwoman Teri Anulewicz is running unopposed to replace Democrat Rep. Stacey Evans.
- House District 89 (parts of DeKalb County): There are four Democrats running to replace former House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams: Bee Nguyen, David Abbot, Monique Keane, and Sachin Varghese.
- House District 117 (parts of Barrow, Clarke, Jackson and Oconee Counties): The election to replace Republican Rep. Regina Quick comes down to two candidates: Entertainment attorney and activist Democrat Deborah Gonzalez and Republican Houston Gaines.
- Senate District 6 (parts of Cobb and Fulton Counties): Eight candidates have qualified to run to replace Republican Sen. Hunter Hill – five Republicans and three Democrats.
- Senate District 39 (parts of Fulton County): Democrats Elijah Tutt, Linda Pritchett, Marckeith Dejesus and Nikema Williams, plus Republican Nick Carlson, are running to replace Democrat Sen. Vincent Fort.