Representative Tom Price (GA-6) was recently sworn in as President Trump’s Health and Human Services Secretary. Now the race is on in the Peach State to fill his seat.
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Who are the candidates? Currently the jumbled field of congressional hopefuls – about eighteen at last count – span the gamut of conservatives who promise to be Trump’s biggest ally to liberal Democrats running against our new president.
Slated to be a battle royal in Georgia, the winner will represent a wealthy swath of the north Atlanta suburbs that have previously proven a springboard to higher office. Most notably, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson hailed from the 6th Congressional District.
The race could be temperature-check of President Trump’s popularity. The District never really got on the Trump train during the presidential election. But a Republican has consistently represented this District since 1979.
A frontrunner has yet to emerge. The vote will be held on April 18, with all candidates appearing on the same ballot regardless of party affiliation. Already, a runoff has been set for June 20, and will likely be necessary with such a crowded field of contenders.
The candidates are:
Dan Moody (former state Senator) – One-time Roswell politician and a U.S. Army veteran, Moody has served on the state Department of Transportation board. Moody’s focus for the race is his support for term limits.
Bob Gray (former Johns Creek Councilman) – This business executive is running as an ally to President Trump. To show his solidarity, Gray has hired several of Trump’s one-time Georgia field operatives to run his campaign.
Karen Handel (former Georgia Secretary of State)– With deep roots in north Fulton County, Handel is a former chair of the Fulton County commission and remains a power broker in the area. Her civic involvement has lent to high name recognition in the district. In 2010, Handel ran a campaign for governor, and 2014 campaigned for the U.S. Senate.
Judson Hill (former State Sen.)– Shortly after Price was nominated to the Trump cabinet, high-profile Hill became the first Republican to throw his hat into the ring. Most of Hill’s Senate territory lies in Price’s district.
David Abroms – A former congressional aide and current business executive.
Bruce LeVell – This Dunwoody jeweler who served on MARTA’s board for five years and currently serves as the head of President Trump’s diversity coalition. LeVell has been clear that he won’t accept money from special interest groups and has committed to serving only four terms, as long as Trump remains in office.
Keith Grawert – Dunwoody resident and U.S. Air Force pilot, Grawert wants to effectuate a return to public service in Washington.
Amy Kremer – A Republican who identifies as an activist, Kremer just qualified for the race before the deadline.
Mohammad Ali Bhuiyan – Advertising himself as potentially the first Republican Muslim member of the U.S. House, Bhuiyan is a Cobb County economist. Bhuiyan identifies himself as an enemy to “out of control” government spending.
William Llop – An accountant from Sandy Springs, Llop promises to run as a financial expert, putting his emphasis on reducing the federal debt.
Kurt Wilson – Ready to challenge his rivals to sign a term-limit pledge, this Roswell small business owner has promised that he and his family will never lobby Congress for the rest of their lives.
Ron Slotin (Former state Sen.)– Representing a north Atlanta Senate district until 1996, Slotin lost a bid to oust Rep. Cynthia McKinney. A former publisher of Atlanta Jewish Life, he is running as a progressive intent on fighting President Trump’s policies.
Rebecca Quigg – Quigg is a physician whose centerpiece of her campaign is the preservation of the Affordable Care Act.
Jon Ossoff – Running a firm specializing in anti-corruption investigations, 29-year-old small business owner Ossoff once worked as a congressional aide. Among his endorsements are those of Reps. John Lewis and Hank Johnson, as well as other notable party leaders.
Richard Keatley – This U.S. Navy veteran and college professor from Tucker promises to fight to make college debt-free.
Ragin Edwards – Sales manager and east Cobb resident, Edwards’ platform is of being the voice of the unheard.
Andre Pollard – This Milton computer systems engineer is running on a tech-friendly platform.
Alexander Hernandez – This political newcomer is running on a platform focused on boosting Medicare spending, supporting new investments in infrastructure and backing term limits.