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A member of the audience records Jon Ossoff, candidate for Georgia’s District 6 congressional seat, as he speaks about his platform at Souls to the Polls at Turner AME Church in Marietta on Friday. 

With early voting in the race for the District 6 U.S. House of Representatives seat starting May 30, three local politicians have endorsed and/or stumped for Democrat Jon Ossoff in his battle against Republican Karen Handel. The two are facing off in a June 20 special runoff election for the post vacated by Tom Price, M.D., R-Roswell, in February when he was appointed the U.S. secretary of health and human services.

June 2, District 5 U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Atlanta, stumped for Ossoff close to the North Fulton Service Center in Sandy Springs, one of the early voting sites. Lewis also appeared that day at polling places in Marietta and Tucker.

Also, District 6 Sandy Springs City Councilman Andy Bauman, who calls himself “an independent and pragmatic centrist,” June 2 issued a statement to the media announcing he has endorsed Ossoff.

“In this contest, I strongly believe that Jon Ossoff is the right person for the job. Despite claims by his opponent, Jon has run a positive campaign and stayed focused on issues of importance to our district,” Bauman said, adding his statement is his own personal opinion and not on behalf of the city. “If nothing else, a vote for Jon Ossoff will send a strong and important message to the Republican Party, the White House and the nation that we, the people of the 6th Congressional District, will not sit idly by while our great nation’s values are so terribly compromised by this president.”

In a June 2 message posted to her Facebook page, District 2 Dunwoody City Councilwoman Lynn Deutsch also endorsed Ossoff.

“During the past few months, I have weighed the various platforms that the candidates presented along with observing the actions of those already in DC,” Deutsch said. “I came to the conclusion that for the issues that are most important to me and for the values I hold most dear, Jon Ossoff is the candidate who earns my vote. Among my priorities, healthcare is at the top of the list. As the House of Representatives worked through the repeal of the (Affordable Care Act), I was alarmed with much of what I heard and read. Protecting those with preexisting conditions, a campaign promise of Trump, was sacrificed just to get a bill passed. The level of callousness and, frankly, cruelness that I heard from some Congresspeople was disheartening. At the very least, voting for Ossoff is an opportunity to send a signal that a different direction is needed.”

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Handel has picked up endorsements of her own, having U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, stump for her at a campaign rally in Dunwoody May 15. She plans to have Vice President Mike Pence stump for her later this month. Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, and Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul have also endorsed Handel.

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