Didn’t we just do this election thing? And win it? Well, yes… but that was only the 2017 special election, one race per district to fill the seats vacated by former Representatives Quick and Williams. There’s still the regular 2018 election, with a whole slate of state, district, county, and local elections, plus our representative in the U.S. Congress.
So… for the first few months of 2018 we’ll have an eye on the Georgia legislative session, and we always have an eye on Congress (which is surprisingly necessary despite so little actually getting done), but… it’s time to talk about the road to November 2018.
From the Secretary of State’s office, here are the key dates:
- Voter registration deadline for the Primary: April 23, 2018
- Primary election: May 22, 2018
- Primary runoff, if needed, July 24, 2018
- Voter registration deadline for the General Election: October 9, 2018
- General election: November 6, 2018
- General election runoff, if needed: December 4, 2018
Additionally, although we don’t yet anticipate needing one, there could be a springtime special election on March 20, 2018; if so, its voter registration deadline would be February 20, 2018, and any runoff would be April 17, 2018. No reason we’d need that, but… you never know.
There are a lot of offices up for grabs; you should consider running. (We can teach you how,.)
Our candidates page lists the races that we know are currently in contention, but we might have missed one or two. (Please tell us, by Facebook message or email, if you think we did miss anything!) But this is the list of all the races we know are open, regardless of whether they have a Democratic challenger yet.
- US Congress District 10, incumbent Jody Hice (R)
There are enough here that we’re going to separate the legislative, judicial, and executive positions:
- State Senate District 46, incumbent Bill Cowsert (R)
- State House District 117, incumbent Deborah Gonzalez (D)
- State House District 119, incumbent Jonathan Wallace (D)
Judicial (non-partisan election)
- Judge, state-wide Court of Appeals
- Governor, departing incumbent Nathan Deal (R)
- Lt. Governor, departing incumbent Casey Cagle (R)
- Attorney General, incumbent Chris Carr (R)
- Secretary of State, incumbent Brian Kemp (R)
- Commissioner of Labor, incumbent Mark Butler (R)
- State Superintendent of Schools, incumbent Richard Woods (R)
- Commissioner of Agriculture, incumbent Gary Black (R)
- State Insurance Commissioner, departing incumbent Ralph Hudgens (R)
- Public Service Commissioner (district 5), departing incumbent Stan Wise (R)
- Superior Court Justice for Athens-Clarke and Oconee Counties, departing incumbent David Sweat
- County Commissioner Post 2, incumbent Chuck Horton (R)
- County Commissioner Post 3, incumbent W. E. “Bubber” Wilkes (R)
- County School Board Post 2, incumbent Amy Parrish (R)
- County School Board Post 3, incumbent Kim Argo (R)
- Watkinsville City Council Post 3, incumbent Marcia Campbell
- Watkinsville City Council Post 4, incumbent Christine Tucker
- Watkinsville City Council Post 5, incumbent Dan Matthews
(None of Bishop, Bogart, or High Shoals have council seats open in 2018. Bishop just elected a full slate to four-year terms, so they’re next up in 2021; the others have a half-council up in 2019.)
Interested in Running?
If you are, come to one of our meetings and talk to us about it. Or contact us on Facebook or via this form to express your interest.
Even if you’re not sure, let us know; we can help you understand what the job would involve, what running for it would involve, and how we can help you do those things. We can also help train you for the race, and maybe help you find volunteers to staff your campaign…