Ga. Dems have secretary of state in their sights – Northwest Georgia News: Politics

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May

Ga. Dems have secretary of state in their sights – Northwest Georgia News: Politics

ATLANTA — A pair of small-town politicians is looking for a promotion to statewide office by unseating Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

The Democratic duo, Doreen Carter and Gerald Beckum, must face one another in the May 20 primary before the winner takes on Kemp in November.

Carter is a former city council member in the Atlanta suburb of Lithonia, population 2,000. Her campaign for the statehouse came up short two years ago.

Beckum was mayor of the 1,200-person town of Oglethorpe for 20 years who had planned to run for the U.S. Senate until party leaders convinced him to aim for Kemp instead. He agreed since he opposes one-party rule like the Republicans have enjoyed recently.

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