Qualifying suprises — and Roy Barnes hits TV today

Click here to look at the details yourself, but these are some suprises as qualifying shut down at noon today:

– Chuck Efstration, the 27-year-old assistant district attorney in Gwinnett and chair of the county GOP, jumped into the GOP race to replace U.S. Rep. John Linder in the 7th District.

Other top candidates are former state Rep. Clay Cox of Lilburn and Linder’s former chief of staff, Rob Woodall. A total of eight Republicans are in the contest.

– Democrats Angela Moore of Decatur, a former 4th District congressional candidate, state Rep. Georganna Sinkfield of Atlanta, have all jumped into the primary for secretary of state. The race is no longer a fight between state Sen. Gail Buckner and party activist Gary Horlacher.

– Former state Rep. Roger Hines of Kennesaw failed to qualify in a GOP primary challenge to Republican incumbent School Superintendent Kathy Cox. Cox still faces a primary challenge from school administrator John Barge of Rome.

On the Democratic side, Joe Martin of Atlanta – who looms very large in state education policy and politics – made a sudden entry into the race. He’s the brother of Jim Martin, the former Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate. Beth Farokhi of Marietta and Brian Westlake of Decatur are the other Democratic candidates.

– State Sen. J.B. Powell of Blythe made a last-minute entry into the race for agriculture commissioner on the Democratic side.

– Former House speaker Terry Coleman of Eastman placed himself in the Democratic race for labor commissioner against Darryl Hicks, a candidate for secretary of state in 2006.

And a bit of interesting campaign news:

– The Democratic campaign of former Gov. Roy Barnes will be unveiling its first TV ad at 4 p.m. today via Twitter and Facebook. Primary rival David Poythress also went up on TV today in south Georgia.

– Mike Griffin, who just lost a bruising fight over SB 529, the bill to criminalize doctors who perform coerced abortions, has endorsed state Sen. Jeff Chapman (R-Brunswick) and will join his campaign.

Said Griffin via e-mail:

“It is my joy today to personally endorse Senator Jeff Chapman as a candidate for Governor and to announce that I will begin serving in May on his campaign staff as an advisor and spokesperson. I believe that Jeff Chapman is the most qualified candidate for governor. He has the character, experience and knowledge necessary to lead this state. Jeff Chapman will be the statesman that Georgians are looking for to lead us out of the ‘politics as usual’ mindset under the Gold Dome.”

And finally, here’s quick look at Sine Die from InsiderAdvantage’s Tom Baxter and videographer Grayson Daughters:

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20 comments Add your comment


April 30th, 2010
1:25 pm

Do you mean David Poythress?


April 30th, 2010
1:27 pm

I don’t think David Ralston is running for Governor.


April 30th, 2010
1:28 pm

Yep, Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Gen. David Poythress was up there 1st with a TV ad buy, before ex Gov. Roy Barnes.

Jim Galloway

April 30th, 2010
1:31 pm

Whoops. Thanks for the catch, people.

Sunny Daze

April 30th, 2010
1:41 pm

I know the feeling Jim. It all runs together sometimes.

knots 3024

April 30th, 2010
1:41 pm

Terry Coleman and J.B. Powell – way to keep Democrats in charge!!! I am excited about both these cats entering the race.

Raquel Morris

April 30th, 2010
1:51 pm

Able Mable is back. Or, at least, trying to come back.


April 30th, 2010
2:14 pm

I’ll vote for anybody who runs against Cathy Cox- democrat or republican. She has single handedly ruined Mathematics education in the state. And she obviously can’t balance her own checkbook.

K not C

April 30th, 2010
2:33 pm

Tim, I think you mean Kathy with a “K” Cox, not former Secretary of State Cathy Cox, who certainly can balance her checkbook.

Teddy K

April 30th, 2010
2:34 pm

Yippee about Able Mable. Yawn, she did nothing in office except get free meals. Yawn

The Cynical White Boy

April 30th, 2010
3:18 pm

Dang, Terry Coleman running for Labor Comish? His prosepcts as the consumate inside lobbyist must be really bad.


April 30th, 2010
3:21 pm

Have you met J. B. Powell? That could possibly be the biggest joke of the entire election season.


April 30th, 2010
3:21 pm

The end of Sine Die is a great representation of Georgia politics. All the politicians throw their papers into the air making a huge mess for somebody else to come by and clean up. After both the House and Senate do their great (or at least they think it is great) work, the common man is left to pick up the crap they leave behind. Junk Junk Junk.

GOP Voter

April 30th, 2010
4:38 pm

Here is a surprise. In Georgia’s 7th CD there are 8 GOPers. They will fight each other to see who is the most conservative. Clay Cox already has the Tea Bagger endorsement and all the money – and some serious personal baggage. I think I’ll vote for the Army guy – Doug Heckman. At least I know i can trust him – even when we disagree!

knots 3024

April 30th, 2010
5:29 pm

@Travis, I was thinking about that the other day. They should have to pick up their papers!

knots 3024

April 30th, 2010
5:31 pm

Un-able Mable needs to be voted out of office. I never see her doing anything and she is hardly ever there.


April 30th, 2010
6:14 pm

So where do lobbyists go now? That’s right, since we’re out of session now they can start contributing to campaigns again. Let the parties resume!

Rex D

May 1st, 2010
11:57 am

Glad to see Darryl Hicks running again – very impressive in his first run.


May 1st, 2010
2:02 pm

Big news up to the northwest was in Cherokee County where the Dems qualified their largest slate of candidates ever, challenging every single state rep and senator, including Chip Rogers. Discontent with the General Assembly is so strong up there that they think they can siphon off enough moderate voters and ride an “anti-incumbent” sentiment to victory in November.

Concerned Georgian

May 4th, 2010
2:06 am

It’s unfortunately that qualified candidates such as Roger Hines could not raise enough money to be competitive. We need more leaders like that in government, and especially in the State School Superintendent’s office in Georgia!