Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for June 7, 2022

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for June 7, 2022

The Battle of Bloody Marsh was fought between Spanish forces and colonists under James Oglethorpe on St Simons Island, Georgia in 1742 on a date that is variously cited as June 9 or June 7, 1742. Thus began the rivalry between Georgia and Florida.

On June 7, 1776, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia introduced a resolution before the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia calling for American independence from Great Britain.

Lee’s resolution declared: “That these United Colonies are, and of right out to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved; that measures should be immediately taken for procuring the assistance of foreign powers, and a Confederation be formed to bind the colonies more closely together.”

Four weeks later, Georgia’s members of the Continental Congress – Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, and George Walton — voted for a version written by Thomas Jefferson of Virginia and called the Declaration of Independence.

The first successful ascent of Mt. McKinley, also called Denali, in Alaska, the highest mountain in North America, was completed on June 7, 1913.

On June 7, 1942, Japanese troops occupied American territory in the Aleutian Islands off Alaska.

Ronald Reagan became the Republican nominee for Governor of California on June 7, 1966.

June 7, 2016 was declared “Prince Day” in Minnesota under a proclamation issued by Governor Mark Dayton. Prince was born on this day in 1958. Governor Dayton missed his chance to begin a proclamation with “Dearly beloved, we are gathered together today….” The next year, Dayton proclaimed Prince Day on April 21, 2017.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

I literally could not make this stuff up.

The Capitol Beat News Service covers the Atlanta Press Club Runoff Debates:

Republican CD-6 Jake Evans v. Rich McCormick

“I’m endorsed by President Trump – you’re not,” Evans said to McCormick. “He endorsed me because he knows I fight. I fight when it matters.”

McCormick touted his leadership experience as an emergency room doctor and former Marine helicopter pilot.

“In the emergency room and in combat zones, I make tough decisions in tough places,” McCormick said.

In the May primary, McCormick pulled 48,967, or 43%, of the vote, while Evans earned 26,160, or 23%, of the vote.

Republican CD-6 Mike Collins v. Vernon Jones

Jones hammered away at Collins for being the son of a former congressman, the late Mac Collins, who was elected to the Butts County Commission as a Democrat in the late 1970s before turning Republican two years later.

“He was raised as a Democrat,” Jones said of Collins. “Mike is a RINO (Republican in Name Only.)”

Collins noted that Jones, on the other hand, served in the General Assembly as a Democrat and voted in the Democratic presidential primary in 2020.

“He has spent his entire life as a Democrat,” Collins said of Jones.

The two did agree on the need for Georgia to switch to closed primaries, where voters must register their party affiliation and can only vote in their party’s primaries.

Democratic Primary Runoff for Secretary of State: Dee Dawkins Haigler v. Bee Nguyen

The two Democrats seeking their party’s nomination for Georgia Secretary of State agreed on the issues Monday while focusing most of their fire on Republican incumbent Brad Raffensperger.

State Rep. Bee Nguyen gave Raffensperger credit for standing up to former President Donald Trump and refusing to go along with Trump’s attempts to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election results.

But she accused the Republican secretary of state of harping on the need to ban non-U.S. citizens from voting and prohibit “harvesting” of absentee ballots when there’s no evidence either is a problem in Georgia.

Former state Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler, who finished second to Nguyen in the May 24 Democratic primary, criticized Raffensperger for supporting legislation the Republican-controlled General Assembly passed last year requiring Georgians to show a photo ID to cast an absentee ballot. She said the incumbent also favors assigning armed security to polling places.

“The last thing we need is an armed guard at any polling place,” Dawkins-Haigler said. “That intimidates people.”

Despite Trump’s endorsement of one of his Republican primary opponents, Raffensperger won renomination for a second term outright, avoiding the need for a GOP runoff.

Democratic Primary Runoff for Lieutenant Governor: Charlie Bailey v. Kwanza Hall

Charlie Bailey, a lawyer who is running for Georgia’s lieutenant governor position, was the sole candidate to appear at the Atlanta Press Club runoff debate today.

Kwanza Hall, the other Democratic candidate in the runoff, failed to show up for the debate, giving Bailey a chance to explain how he would defeat Republican nominee Burt Jones in November.

The Democratic primary race was pushed to a runoff because no Democratic candidate passed the 50% mark in the May primary. Hall earned 30.2% of the vote, while Bailey garnered 17.6% of the vote.

Bailey criticized Republican nominee Burt Jones’ record of support for Donald Trump.

“The values of Burt Jones and Donald Trump and authoritarianism and extremism are not the values of Georgians,” said Bailey.

Bailey said that he could defeat Jones in the November general election.

Democratic Primary for Insurance Commissioner: Janice Laws Robinson v. Raphael Baker

[Janice Laws] Robinson’s opponent, Raphael Baker, did not attend the debate.

Robinson said she could win the general election in November, pointing out that she nearly beat the prior insurance commissioner, losing by only 3 percentage points in 2018.

[] Robinson earned far more votes than Baker in the May primary – 48.7% for Robinson compared to 33% for Bake[.]

Democratic Prinary Runoff for Labor Commissioner: William “Will” Boddie, Jr. v.  Nicole Horn 

“I have a plan. I’m going in as the next labor commissioner with a mantra of people, processes, and technology,” said Horn, a businesswoman. She noted that only 4% of phone calls at the Department of Labor are answered.

Horn also said that she would appoint a chief diversity officer at the agency.

Boddie, a lawyer and state representative from East Point, said he would lobby the General Assembly for increased funds so that the agency could hire more workers, modernize technology, and set up a managerial training track to promote from within.

Horn said she slept outside of the department to protest that decision and that the early cut-off had hurt Georgia’s workers and economy.

Boddie said he was part of a task force at the Georgia House of Representatives that advocated against the decision.

Kudos to both candidates for showing up and taking it seriously.

From the Savannah Morning News: Democratic CD-1

Savannah Lawyer Wade Herring, the stoic newcomer with a war chest filled to the brim with individual campaign contributions, came in second place in every county in the district.

Instead, retired Army Lt. Col. Joyce Marie Griggs, who was the nominee in 2020, beat Herring handily in the election day vote count, despite only having fundraised .003% as much money as Herring, according to Federal Election Commission filings.

Voters will decide between Griggs and Herring on June 21 and provide several answers to the following questions: Will Herring’s fundraising offset his lack of name recognition? Will Griggs’ name recognition and firebrand persona make up for her only having a little over $2,200 in her campaign account?

[Herring] took a sharper edge when talking about his runoff opponent following election day, calling Griggs a “demonstrated loser,” and said he expects the votes cast for Munroe in the primary to find their way to his total in the runoff.

“[A Munroe vote] was a vote not for Griggs. It was a vote for change. Griggs is a demonstrated loser in the general election. She’s lost twice. This isn’t baseball. She should not get a third strike,” Herring said.

Griggs has been the Democratic nominee for the first district twice, in 2020 and in 2002. She lost both times to Carter in 2020 and Jack Kingston in 2002.

The Augusta Chronicle considers local runoff elections:

Runoff elections are June 21 for three nonpartisan Augusta offices, including mayor. Steven Kendrick, the former Richmond County tax commissioner, and Garnett Johnson, an Augusta business owner, were neck-and-neck in the May 21 election and now face off for the mayor’s office.

Two Augusta commission district seats are on the runoff ballot[.]

One week of advance voting starts June 13, and the deadline to request an absentee ballot is June 10. Here’s the who, what, when, where and how to vote in the runoffs.

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