Republican primary ballots include U.S, state races
by Sarah Fay Campbell
The following are candidates on the Republican primary ballot:
U.S. Congress District 3
• Lynn Westmoreland (incumbent) resides in Grantville. He has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2004. Before being elected to Congress, he served 12 years in the Ga. House of Representatives. Westmoreland serves on the House Financial Services Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and was recently appointed to the Select Committee on Benghazi (www.lynnwestmoreland.org).
• Chip Flanegan owns Jonesboro Rental Center and previously ran against Westmoreland in 2012 (www.chipflanegan.com).
U.S. Senate (to replace Saxby Chambliss)
• Art Gardner is a patent attorney and former manufacturing engineer with a degree from Georgia Tech. He’s a mechanic, a self-taught furniture maker and an amateur astronomer (www.gardnerforsenate.com).
• David Perdue is a businessman who served as chairman and CEO of Dollar General. Perdue served as president and CEO of Reebok and senior vice president of Asia operations for Sara Lee. Perdue is currently on the board of directors of five major corporations and co-founded Perdue Partners, a global trading company (www.perduesenate.com).
• Derrick Grayson is a senior network engineering with MARTA. Grayson is a strong Libertarian and also plays in a Jimi Hendrix tribute band (www.grayson2014.com).
• Jack Kingston has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1992. He served in the Ga. House of Representatives from 1985 to 1993. Prior to joining Congress, Kingston was vice-president of an insurance firm from 1979 to 1992 (www.jackkingston.org).
• Phil Gingrey has served in the U.S. House since 2003. He is an OB/GYN physician and chairman of the GOP Doctors Caucus. Gingrey served on the Marietta School Board and in the Ga. State Senate from 1999 to 2003 (www.gingrey.com).
• Karen Handel became Georgia’s first Republican secretary of state in 2006 and later ran for governor in 2010. Handel served as chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. Handel was appointed senior vice president of public policy at Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Handel resigned from Komen after controversy over Planned Parenthood, and later wrote a book, “Planned Bullyhood” (www.karenhandel.com).
• Paul Broun was elected to the U.S. House in 2007. He’s a family physician and served in Afghanistan as a Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves. Broun is a former vice-president of Safari Club international and past president of the Ga. Sports Shooters Association and the Ga. Wildlife Federation (www.paulbroun.com).
State School Superintendent
• Allen Bowles Fort is superintendent of the Quitman County School System. From 2006 to 2011 he was a school improvement specialist with the Ga. Department of Education. He previously served as principal of several high schools and as a classroom teacher. He is a three-time Teacher of the Year (www.allenfortga.com).
• Ashley D. Bell is an attorney and former county commissioner in Hall County. He has chaired councils for Gainesville Middle School and Gainesville High School and is a member of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (www.ashleybell.com).
• Kira G. Willis has taught for 18 years and is both a graduation coach and response to intervention coach at North Springs Charter High School in Fulton County (www.kirawillis.com).
• Mary Kay Bacallao serves on the Fayette County Board of Education. She is a professor of education at Mercer University (www.marykaybacallao.com).
• Michael L. Buck has spent 30 years in education and holds an educational specialist and doctorate degree (www.buckforsuperintendent.com).
• Nancy T. Jester has an economics degree and began her career as an actuarial consultant. She has served as a consultant to a charter school organization. Jester hosts a web radio show discussing current education topics (www.nancyjester.com).
• Richard L. Woods spent 22 years with Irwin County Schools as a social studies teacher and coach. He was named Irwin County High School Teacher of the Year and has served as a principal, curriculum director and home school administrator (www.woodsforsuper.com).
• Sharyl Dawes is a fourth-generation teacher who taught high school. For the past 18 years Dawes has been active as a legislative liaison in the Georgia PTA (www.sharyldawes.com).
• Fitz Johnson is a 21-year retired veteran of the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserves. He owned and operated a defense contracting firm with his father and brother. Johnson holds a master’s in education and a law degree. He launched the Atlanta Beat professional women's soccer team and is a volunteer community football and wrestling coach at Wheeler High School. He has coached youth soccer for more than 30 years (www.fitzjohnson.us).
Georgia Public Service Commission
• Lauren “Bubba” McDonald is a former commissioner in Jackson County and served 20 years in the Georgia House of Representatives. He was appointed to the PSC in 1998 and served until 2002. He returned to the PSC in 2008 (email@example.com).
• Douglas T. Kidd is an attorney practicing in Lavonia. Before graduating law school he worked in the newspaper industry (www.dougkidd.com).
• Charles “Craig” Lutz has served as a member of the Hall County Board of Commissioners. He was a 16-year employee at BellSouth and is a U.S. Air Force veteran. Lutz was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service (www.lutz4psc.com).