Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 6, 2017


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 6, 2017

On July 6, 1775, Congress issued the “Declaration on the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms” addressed to King George III, stating that they preferred to “to die free men rather than live as slaves.” The document was written by John Dickinson after a draft by Thomas Jefferson.

The Republican Party was formally organized on July 6, 1854.

The party was born of hostility to slavery.

In February [1854] a gathering in Ripon, Wisconsin, resolved to form a new party and a local lawyer named Alvan E. Bovay suggested the name Republican for its echoes of Thomas Jefferson. In Michigan there were meetings in Kalamazoo, Jackson and Detroit, and after the Act had passed in May, the new party was formally founded in Jackson in July. A leading figure was Austin Blair, a Free Soiler lawyer who was prosecuting attorney of Jackson County. He helped to draft the new party’s platform, was elected to the state senate in Republican colours that year and would become governor of Michigan in 1860.

On July 6, 1885, Louis Pasteur successfully tested a rabies vaccine on a human subject.

Happy Birthday to George W. Bush, who turns 71 today.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp yesterday announced a $1.7 million fundraising haul for the first quarter of the 2018 Gubernatorial campaign.

“I am humbled by the strong showing of support from friends and neighbors throughout our great state,” said Kemp. “With a clear, conservative 4-Point Plan, we have built our campaign from the ground up. Clearly, the people of this state are ready for a governor who will put hardworking Georgians first.

“While I am proud of our successes, we can’t rest on our laurels. It’s time to get back on the road and continue to spread our message, grow our grassroots army, and build our fundraising network. Our campaign has worked hard to get to this point but we are just getting started.”

“Brian Kemp is the hardest working man in Georgia politics,” said Barbara Dooley. “With a proven track record of fighting – and winning – for Georgia, he continues to connect with voters from all walks of life. He’s focused on doing what it takes to win. Brian Kemp will not be outworked.”

Brian Kemp raised more than $1.7 million from over 1,600 donors in 200 cities. He has over $1.5 million Cash On Hand.

To put that in perspective, Kemp has more cash-on-hand today than either of the leading candidates in the 2010 had raised by this point.

Georgia State Senator Josh McKoon is expected to announce his campaign for Secretary of State in coming days.

The Columbus Republican intends to qualify as a candidate for Secretary of State on Thursday. McKoon, 38, has represented Senate District 29 since 2010. He has been assessing his political future since the end of January when he suddenly announced he would not be seeking a fifth term next year.

This is not the first time McKoon has toyed with this post, which has historically been seen as a steppingstone for higher office. He considered running for Secretary of State even before his first senatorial campaign.

The post will be wide open in 2018. Republican Brian Kemp of Athens is vacating the seat after seven years and has announced he is candidate for governor.

The Forsyth County Republican Party July 4th event also included a straw poll:

Hunter Hill 21 16.0%
Brian Kemp 22 16.8%
Casey Cagle 64 48.9%
Michael Williams 24 18.3%


Lieutenant Governor
David Shafer 70 57.4%
Geoff Duncan 46 37.7%
Rick Jeffares 6 4.9%


Secretary of State
Buzz Brockway 53 49.1%
Brad Raffensperfer 31 28.7%
David Belle Isle 24 22.2%


Congressman Jody Hice (R-Bethlehem) has Democrats lining up to run against him in 2018.

Chalis Montgomery, a mother, educator and musician living in the Barrow County community of Bethlehem, has begun mounting a grass-roots campaign for the seat.

Also announcing an intention to seek the 10th District seat is Democratic candidate Kellie Lynn Collins, a resident of the McDuffie County town of Thomson. Collins’ campaign website,, describes her as an entrepreneur whose work has included some modeling.

Finally, billing himself as an “exploratory candidate” in the 10th District race, University of Georgia philosophy professor Richard Winfield, who recently did canvassing work for Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff in what turned out to be a losing bid for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District seat, has been speaking to a number of local Democratic grouds, according to his social media.

In recent posts on Twitter, Winfield wrote, “Wake up Dems — we must stand for guaranteed jobs at $20/hr, Medicare for all, paid family leave, employee empowerment & legal care for all. And don’t forget free public day care & elder care, $500 monthly child allowances, and eviction and foreclosure protection.”

Carolyn Bourdeaux, a Georgia State University professor, will run as a Democrat against Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Gwinnett).

Policy Prof. Carolyn Bourdeaux, a first time candidate, said her father’s experience with swelling health care costs and frustration with the GOP’s fledging Obamacare replacement effort drove her to run for office.

The House and Senate replacement bills “will allow insurance companies to raise rates for folks who have preexisting conditions,” Bourdeaux said in an interview Wednesday.

Bourdeaux said lawmakers should fully implement Obamacare, and Georgia fully expand Medicaid, before exploring other solutions that would expand access to health care, but she added there is “more than one way to skin a cat.”

Unlike Jon Ossoff, who rarely mentioned President Donald Trump during his last few months on the trail, Bourdeaux said the commander-in-chief has been “fairly irresponsible.”“There needs to be a Congress and a congressperson in this district who is willing to challenge him,” she said.

Bourdeaux, who once ran the state Senate’s budget office, entered the race with the endorsements of U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Lithonia, and former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young. She said she plans to finance her run with fundraising, particularly from small donors.

Doug Chanco announced he will run as a Republican for House District 50, which with the earlier entry of Kelly Stewart, become the first contested GOP State House race in 2018.

Republican small businessman, concerned citizen, and community volunteer Doug Chanco announced he would run for State House District 50.

Current Representative Brad Raffensperger has announced his campaign for Secretary of State.

Chanco also reported raising over $32,000 for his campaign in a recently filed June 30th campaign contribution disclosure report.

“I am running for the Georgia House to provide this community with the strong, conservative voice it deserves at the State Capitol. I’m not a career politician. I am a family man, community volunteer, small business owner, and a concerned citizen who is frustrated by the fact that our community has not gotten relief from the issues related to traffic congestion and heavy taxationand is also committed to ensuring a bright future for our children. In the State House, I will implement serious reforms to limit government, protect taxpayers, and create a more prosperous future for all of our families,” said Chanco in his announcement.

“I will take the same tenacity that I use in the courtroom on behalf of my clients to the State House to fight for our community. I will fight hard to continue fundamentally reforming Fulton County and prevent future out-of-control property tax bills by freezing assessments and reforming the property tax system. I will support our educators and our local schools to ensure our children are receiving the education they deserve. I’ll work to tackle the traffic gridlock in our community. And I will work to cut and limit government spending and support tax cuts to keep more of your hard earned dollars in your pocket.”

“Growing up in the Boy Scouts, earning the rank of Eagle Scout, and building a business, I know the value of hard work and of honoring your word. As your Representative, I will always keep my word to you and I will not stop working until the job is done and done well. I look forward to earning your trust and support.”

Doug Chanco is a partner at the law firm Chanco Schiffer—a firm he helped found. Prior to starting his own law firm, Doug served as a prosecuting attorney for the citizens of Fulton County as an Assistant-Solicitor General. A leader in his field, he has also been a guest lecturer on topics presented at Atlanta law schools and is featured on legal radio shows to discuss his work standing up for victims, when they need it most.

As an Eagle Scout, Doug believes in the importance of giving back to your community. He is a committed community volunteer and serves as pack master for Cub Scout Pack 1491 at Dolvin Elementary. He is also a little league baseball coach at Ocee Park and worked as a volunteer mock trial team coach for the Georgia Bar Association’s High School Mock Trial Program.

Lincoln County Sheriff Bruce Beggs has died, apparently from a heart attack.

Mark your calendar for the Eighth District Georgia Republican Party Fish Fry on August 26, 2017 at the National Fairgrounds in Perry.

Two incoming anesthesiology residents at Augusta University have been delayed in entering the country.

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