Candidates jump into statewide races

ATLANTA — Republican gubernatorial challenger David Pennington, a foursome of superintendent candidates and a handful of congressional hopefuls were the newest names to be added to statewide primary ballots Tuesday morning.

Pennington showed up with a handful of supporters in his effort to unseat Nathan Deal in the Republican primary. Deal was the first to qualify Monday, and State Superintendent of Schools John Barge is expected to file his paperwork before the weeklong qualifying period ends.

In what is expected to become the most crowded primary race, four more candidates for state superintendent of schools showed up before lunch – Kira Willis, Nancy Jester, Richard Woods and Sharyl Dawes, all on the Republican side. Fitz Johnson and Allen Fort qualified the day before.

One election watcher counted 17 candidates planning to qualify. So far, no Democrats have stepped forward, although at least two are expected to.

Qualifying ends at noon Friday.

WHO QUALIFIED

In Augusta area races, Elmyra Chivers and Harold Jones have qualified in the Democratic primary for the state Senate seat Hardie Davis is giving up to run for mayor. Here is a list of other local candidates who have qualified in races for state offices:

12TH DISTRICT CONGRESS:

  • John Barrow, congressman, Augusta, D
  • Delvis Dutton, business owner, Glennville, R
  • Diane Vann, registered nurse, Macon, R
  • Eugene Yu, retired, Augusta, R
  • John Stone, former congressional aide, Augusta, R
  • Rick Allen, contractor, Augusta, R

STATE SENATE DIST. 22:

  • Elmyra Chivers, realtor, (no city listed), D
  • Harold Jones II, lawyer, Augusta, D

STATE SENATE DIST. 23:

  • Jesse Stone, lawyer, Waynesboro, R

STATE SENATE DIST. 24:

  • Bill Jackson, tile distributor, Appling, R

HOUSE

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DIST. 121:

  • Barry Fleming, attorney, Harlem, Republican

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DIST. 122 :

  • Ben Harbin, businessman, Evans, R

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DIST. 123:

  • Barbara Sims, retired, Augusta, R

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DIST. 124:

  • Wayne Howard, business owner, Augusta, D

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DIST. 125:

  • Earnest Smith, consultant, Augusta, D

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DIST. 126:

  • Gloria Frazier, community advocate, Hephzibah, D

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DIST. 127:

  • Brian Prince, retired military, Augusta, D
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