Qualifying closed March 6 with another quiet day after an abundance of candidates filled out their paperwork and paid their fees on Day 1 for this year’s remaining elections, according to the secretary of state’s website. On the second, third, fourth and fifth days only 14, 16, 13 and 19 local or statewide candidates, respectively, qualified.
The March 2 through 6 qualifying period is for the May 19 general primary, nonpartisan general and special elections (which were postponed to June 9 due to the COVID-19 pandemic), the July 21 general primary runoff, nonpartisan general runoff and special runoff elections and this fall’s and winter’s general elections and runoffs.
In the U.S. Senate election for the seat occupied by incumbent Kelly Loeffler, R-Atlanta, Republican Annette Jackson and Democrats Deborah Jackson, Jamesia James and Raphael Warnock, Green Party candidate John “Green” Fortuin and independents Michael Green and Valencia Stovall qualified on Day 5, bringing the total number of candidates in that race to a whopping 21. Republican Derrick Grayson and write-in candidate Rod Mack qualified on Day 4.
Republican Wayne Johnson of Macon and Kandiss Taylor and Democrat Matt Lieberman of Atlanta and Ed Tarver of Augusta qualified on Day 3, and Democrat Joy Slade and independent Al Bartell of Atlanta qualified the second day.
On Day 1 Loeffler qualified along with Republican Doug Collins of Gainesville, Democrats Tamara Johnson-Shealey of Tucker and Richard Winfield of Athens, Libertarian Brian Slowinski of White Plains and independent Allen Buckley of Atlanta.
In the other U.S. Senate race, Democrats Marckeith DeJesus and Maya Smith qualified on Day 5 to run for the seat occupied by incumbent David Perdue, R-Sea Island. Democrats Sarah Riggs Amico and Tricia Carpenter McCracken qualified on Day 4, and Democrat Jon Ossoff qualified on Day 3, and Perdue, Democrats James Knox of Evans and Theresa Tomlinson of Columbus and Libertarian Shane Hazel all qualified on Day 1.
The Perdue seat election will begin with the July primary, but the Loeffler seat special election will take place in November.
In the U.S. House races, on Day 5 Republican Angela Stanton-King and Democrat Barrington Martin II qualified for the District 5 seat occupied by John Lewis, D-Atlanta, who qualified on Day 1.
On Day 5 Republican Mykel Barthelemy qualified for the District 6 seat occupied by incumbent Lucy McBath, D-Marietta, and Republicans Jake Harbin and Joe Profit qualified on Day 4. Republicans Karen Handel and Paulette Smith qualified on Days 2 and 3, respectively, and McBath qualified on the first day.
In the District 13 race, Democrats Michael Owens and Keisha Waites qualified on Day 5, and Democrat Jannquell Peters and Republican Caesar Gonzales qualified on Days 2 and 3, respectively.
On Day 1 two incumbents – District 11’s Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, and District 13’s David Scott, D-Atlanta – qualified along with opponents Dana Barrett, a Democrat and Atlanta resident, and Becky Hites, a Republican and Douglasville resident, respectively. Libertarian Martin Cowen also qualified in District 13 on Day 1.
In the Public Service Commission’s elections, Democrats Daniel Blackman and John Noel qualified for the District 4 seat on Day 5, and Democrat Robert Bryant qualified for the District 1 seat on Day 2.
On Day 1 two incumbents – District 4’s Lauren “Bubba” McDonald, R-Clarkesville, and District 1’s Jason Shaw, R-Lakeland – qualified, along with District 1 candidate Elizabeth Melton, a Libertarian. The District 2, 3 and 5 seats are not up for reelection until 2024.
In the state Senate seats representing parts of Fulton County, incumbent Jen Jordan, D-Sandy Springs, qualified for District 6, Democrat Devin Barrington-Ward qualified in District 38 and Democrat Linda Pritchett qualified in District 39 on Day 4. Christine Triebsch of Marietta qualified for the District 32 post on the third day.
On Day 2 Garry Guan qualified for the District 40 race on Day 2 after incumbent Sally Harrell, D-Atlanta, qualified on the first day. Democrats Michelle Au of Johns Creek and Josh Uddin of Norcross qualified for the District 48 seat on Day 2, joining Republican Matt Reeves of Duluth, who qualified the first day.
In District 56, Democrat Sarah Beeson of Roswell qualified on Day 2, joining incumbent John Albers, R-Alpharetta, who qualified the first day.
They joined lots of Senate candidates who qualified on Day 1.
Republican Harrison Lance qualified for the District 6 seat, and incumbent Brandon Beach, R-Alpharetta, and Republican Michael Caldwell of Woodstock qualified for District 21. Also, incumbent Kay Kirkpatrick, R-east Cobb, qualified in District 32.
In District 35, incumbent Donzella James, D-Atlanta, qualified along with fellow Democrats Karen Ashley and Kelly Johnson, both of Atlanta. Incumbent Nan Orrock, D-Atlanta, qualified in District 36. In District 38, incumbent Horacena Tate, D-Atlanta, qualified along with fellow Democrats Michael Carson and Tania Robinson. Incumbent Nikema Williams, D-Atlanta, qualified in District 39.
In Fulton’s Georgia House of Representatives races, Democrats Fred Quinn Jr. (District 55) and Orianna Sanders (District 57) each qualified on Day 5. Democrat Ken Lawler (District 49), incumbent Park Cannon, D-Atlanta (District 58) and Democrat Mandisha Thomas (District 65) each qualified on Day 4.
Democrat Jason Hayes of Alpharetta qualified for the District 49 seat on Day 3, as did District 57 candidates Kyle Lamont, Jenne Shepherd and Alex Wan, all Democrats. Also on the third day, incumbent David Dreyer, D-Atlanta, qualified in District 59.
Democrat Anthia Carter qualified on Day 2 for the District 47 seat, joining incumbent Jan Jones, R-Milton, who qualified the first day. In District 54, incumbent Democrat Betsy Holland, D-Atlanta, and Republican Chuck Langevin qualified on Day 2, joining Republican Lyndsey Rudder, who qualified the first day. Incumbent Marie Metze, D-Atlanta, qualified in District 55 on Day 2.
She joined several House candidates who qualified on Day 1.
Incumbent Erick Allen, D-Smyrna, and Republican Taryn Bowman, also of Smyrna, both qualified in District 40, and incumbent Matt Dollar, R-Smyrna, and Democrat Sara Tindall Ghazal qualified in District 45. Incumbent Mary Robichaux, D-Roswell, and Republican Betty Price of Roswell qualified in District 48.
In District 49, incumbent Chuck Martin, R-Alpharetta, qualified. Incumbent Angela Kausche, D-Johns Creek, and Jay Lin of Johns Creek qualified in District 50. In District 51, incumbent Josh McLaurin, D-Sandy Springs, and Republican Alex Kaufman of Roswell qualified.
Incumbent Deb Silcox, R-Sandy Springs, and Democrat Shea Roberts of Atlanta qualified in District 52. In District 53, incumbent Shelia Jones, D-Atlanta, qualified. In District 57, Democrat Stacey Evans qualified. Incumbent Kim Schofield, D-Atlanta, qualified in District 60, as did incumbent Roger Bruce, D-Atlanta, in District 61. Incumbent William Boddie Jr., D-East Point, qualified in District 62.
In District 65, incumbent Sharon Beasley-Teague, D-Red Oak, and Democrat Amber Hunter qualified. Incumbent Matthew Wilson, D-Brookhaven, and Republican Alan Cole of Atlanta qualified in District 80.
In the Fulton campaigns, Democrat Walter Calloway qualified for sheriff on Day 5, and Christian Wise Smith and Fani Willis qualified for district attorney on Day 4.
In the election to replace Judge Constance Russell, who is not seeking reelection, Melynee Leftridge Harris, Nina R. Hickson, Tamika Hrobowski-Houston, Lizz Kuhn and Ashley Baker Osby all qualified on Day 5, though Hickson withdrew from the race just days later.
Tim Curtin qualified for a Probate Court judge seat on Day 4, joining candidates Kenya Johnson and Diane Weinberg, who qualified for the same seat on the first day. Also, Jimmy Glenn qualified for the District 3 board of education seat.
Incumbent Superior Court Judge Kimberly Adams qualified for her seat on Day 3 and has no opposition thus far. In the sheriff’s race, Democrats Myron Freeman and Charles Rambo qualified on Day 3, joining Democrats Ted Jackson, the incumbent, and Pat Labat, who qualified on the first day.
In the board of commissioners races, Democrats Natalie Hall (incumbent) and Kathryn Flowers qualified for the District 4 seat, and Khadijah Abdur-Rahman (District 6) and Justin Holsomback (District 2) qualified on Day 4. Incumbent District 2 member Bob Ellis qualified on Day 3. Also, Willie Davis Jr. qualified for the District 4 board of education seat on Day 4.
On Day 2 incumbent Superior Court Judge Rachelle Carnesale qualified for her seat, joining Tiffany Sellers, who qualified the first day. Incumbents Emily Richardson and Shawn LaGrua each qualified on Day 2 and have no opposition, as did incumbent State Court Judge Wesley Tailor.
Incumbent District 3 Board of Education member Gail Dean and District 4 school board candidate Sandra Wright also qualified on the second day, as did incumbent District 6 board of commissioners member Joe Carn.
Several other candidates qualified on Day 1.
Four incumbents – District Attorney Paul Howard Jr., Solicitor General Keith Gammage, Superior Court Clerk Cathelene Robinson and Tax Commissioner Arthur Ferdinand – qualified.
Incumbent Superior Court Judges Thomas Cox Jr., Rachel Krause, Erik Dunaway, Ural Glanville, Belinda Edwards, Shukura Millender and Henry Newkirk, with each judge having no opposition.
Incumbent Fulton Superior Court Judge Rebecca Rieder qualified on Day 1 and will face Shermela Williams, who qualified on Day 5.
In the Fulton State Court judge elections, incumbents Diane Bessen, Jane Morrison, Myra Dixon, John Mather, Susan Edlein and Patsy Porter each qualified without opponents.
In the county board of commissioners’ race, Barbara Gresham qualified in District 4. In the school board elections, incumbent District 1 member Katha Stuart and challenger Franchesca Warren (District 4) qualified. Longtime District 4 board member Linda Bryant, who has held the seat since 1993, is not seeking reelection.