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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