ATLANTA - Georgia ballots just grew a little longer as another group of candidates joined the race for this year's election.
As Monday's noontime deadline passed, 25 independents and minor-party candidates had submitted their paperwork for inclusion on the November ballot.
Winning is another thing, at least when it comes to getting votes from people such as Atlanta businessman Fred Axelson, the owner of The Flower Garden.
"If I don't think that they have a chance, I would probably forgo voting for them," he said. "I would probably feel voting for them would be a waste of my vote."
Most of the nominees are from the Libertarian Party, which is fielding its longest slate of candidates ever in Georgia. This is the state where the party is strongest, winning its biggest tally during the 2000 presidential election.
Unlike the Republicans and Democrats who will elect their nominees in primaries two weeks from today, the Libertarians picked their nominees during a convention in March.
Libertarians have been exempt from a statewide-petition requirement for the past several elections because once they were on the ballot the first time, they were able to win at least 1 percent of the vote.
But they have never won a statewide race, and they don't expect to this year.
"We're realistic," said Helmut Forren, Libertarian chairman and candidate for insurance commissioner.
Instead of winning, the party sees each election as a chance to build its base of support and to also tilt the outcome.
"At the top level we are positioning ourselves as the king maker," he said. "We're looking to flex our muscle with our divisive vote."
Here are the candidates who are running as independents or members of minor parties:
Claude 'Sandy' Thomas
1039 Woodruff Plantation Parkway
Marietta, GA 30067
Web site: www.sandy2002.com
Garrett Michael Hayes
33320 South Cobb Drive #55
Smyrna, GA 30080
Occupation: Writer and consultant
Web site: www.hayesforgovernor.com
Hebert F. (Herbie) Galloway III
3025 Mount Carmel Road
Hampton, GA 30228
Occupation: Building engineer
SECRETARY OF STATE
995 Douglas Court
Norcross, GA 30093
E-mail: mikephs@ mindspring.com
10345 Rivertown Road
Fairburn, GA 30213-2130
E-mail: krogseng@ mindspring.com
Web site: www.lynnkrogseng.org
3800 Kirkwood Run
Kennesaw, GA 30144
E-mail: dougm@ dougmorton.org
Occupation: Technical engineer
Web site: www.dougmorton.org
3928 River Walk Drive
Duluth, GA 30096
Occupation: Electrical engineer
Web site: www.forren.org
2045 Attic Parkway
Kennesaw, GA 30152
E-mail: william@ williamcosta.org
Occupation: Food service
Web site: williamcosta.org
Reach Walter C. Jones at (404) 589-8424 or at email@example.com.