North Fulton voters may get a repeat of 2018’s Georgia’s house of representative race for district 48 if returning candidate Betty Price and Rep. Mary Robichaux face off during the 2020 race.
Despite a published report on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she will be running to reclaim the District 48 house seat, Price said she is planning to run, but won’t make an official announcement yet.
“We’re staying quiet until the qualifying in March,” Price said.
According to the report, Price told the AJC that she came across a Teddy Roosevelt quote that reminded of her of the paper:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena…”
When asked about the quote, Price would not elaborate on what she meant.
“That was me, but it was a personal matter,” Price said of the AJC story. “I have a relationship with Jim Galloway. He chose to write about it.”
Regardless of Price’s plans, Robichaux said she has not been paying attention to her potential Republican opponent and intends to focus her attention on the people of Roswell.
“I’m hoping to continue to have conversations with the people of Roswell, and I believe that I’ve done a good job with (in the past),” Robichaux said.
Some of the issues Robichaux says she believes she will focus on is “improving healthcare and the education system, job creation and enticing business to Roswell and common sense gun safety laws.”
Robichaux continued on to say that she hopes to be a voice for Roswell and that any citizen can reach out to her to voice their thoughts and concerns.
Both Price and Robichaux ran against each other in the 2018 race. Price formerly held a seat in the Roswell City Council and served as a state representative from 2015 to 2018, before she lost her state seat to Robichaux during the blue wave that washed over North Fulton. Robichaux won the previous election with 50.32% of votes.
While serving in the House, Price also came under fire after comments regarding HIV patients and democratic women surfaced.
Price’s husband, Tom Price, served as the former secretary of health and human services under the Trump administration. Tom Price resigned after Politico reported he spent $1 million on taxpayer funded trips on private planes.
While both candidates have expressed they are running, their candidacy is not set in stone until the qualifying period next year. The women will also have to stave off any primary challengers.
Qualifying will take place March 2020 and the election will take place on Nov. 3, 2020. Voters can also expect a higher turnout due to the presidential election also taking place next November.