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Election Guide

Election Guide

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The 2010 census resulted in a great deal of redistricting in Georgia, making 2012 an exceptionally active political year. Voters would do well to confirm their districts before going to the polls as many have changed. In addition to a large number of candidates, there are referendums and party specific questions on the ballots.

The Champion contacted candidates by email and asked them to complete a questionnaire.

Responses are printed as provided and are unedited except to shorten answers that exceeded the 35-word limit.
The 2010 census resulted in a great deal of redistricting in Georgia, making 2012 an exceptionally active political year. Voters would do well to confirm their districts before going to the polls as many have changed. In addition to a large number of candidates, there are referendums and party specific questions on the ballots.

The Champion contacted candidates by email and asked them to complete a questionnaire.

Responses are printed as provided and are unedited except to shorten answers that exceeded the 35-word limit.

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The Champion Free Press, Friday, July 13, 2012 Page 15A
Local News
The 2010 census resulted in agreat deal of redistricting in Geor-gia, making 2012 an exceptionallyactive political year. Voters would
do well to conrm their districts
before going to the polls as manyhave changed. In addition to alarge number of candidates, thereare referendums and party spe-
cic questions on the ballots.
The Champion
contactedcandidates by email and askedthem to complete a question-naire. Responses are printed asprovided and are unedited exceptto shorten answers that exceededthe 35-word limit.
Public ServiceCommissioner
Name:
Chuck Eaton (incumbent)
Party afliation:
 Republican
City of residence:
  Atlanta
Education:
Uni-versity of Alabama,B.A. Currentlyenrolled at GeorgiaState UniversityLaw School
Usual occupation:
Commis-sioner PSC
Political ofces held in the past:
 Currently a commissioner
Why are you seeking ofce?
I’mrunning for re-election on the PSCto ensure Georgia families havereliable and competitive energy. I
will continue to ght for an energy
policy that attracts high-paying jobs to Georgia.
Name:
Stephen Oppenheimer
Party afliation:
DemocratNo further information provided.
Name:
Matt Reid
Party afliation:
 Republican
City of residence:
 Decatur
Education:
Bach-elor of MechanicalEngineering – Geor-gia Institute ofTechnology (1982)
Usual occupation:
Sales engi-neer
Political ofces held in the past:
 None
Why are you seeking this of-
ce?
I’m a businessperson withdecades of energy experience. Iwant to lower rates for ratepayers;remove barriers to competition;create jobs through increased pri-vate investment; remove improper
inuences and accept zero giftsfor zero inuence.
 
Name:
Pam Davidson
Party afliation:
 Republican
City of residence:
 Douglasville
Education
: fourunits study of a BA 
in organizational
behavior
Usual occupation:
 energy consultant
Political ofces held in the past:
 None
Why are you seeking this of-
ce?:
We need unbiased lead-ership to address Ga.’s energysituation. Because the incumbenthas taken money from utilities, he
can no longer serve citizens.
Name:
Stan Wise (incumbent)
Party afliation:
 Republican
City of residence:
Marietta
Education:
B.S.Business Manage-ment, CharlestonSouthern University
Usual occupation:
Full-time Commissioner; Previ-ously Operated Small Business(Insurance)
Political ofces held in the past:
Cobb County Board of Commis-sioners. Atlanta Regional Com-mission
Why are you seeking this ofce:
 My conservative record demon-strates I’m an advocate for rea-sonably-priced and reliable utilityservice and investment in our en-ergy infrastructure without shiftingdebt to future generations. I havechampioned a diverse energysupply, including nuclear power.
U. S. Congress
District 4
Name:
Courtney L. Dillard, Sr.
Party afliation:
DemocratNo further information provided
Name:
Hank Johnson
(incumbent)
Party afliation:
 Democrat
City of residence:
 Lithonia
Education:
Un-dergraduate: ClarkCollege, Atlanta,Ga. 1976 Law De-gree: Thurgood Marshall School
Davidson
2012
ELECTION GUIDE
See Election on Page 16A
EatonJohnson
Reid
Wise
(to succeed Chuck Eaton)(to succeed Pam Davidson)
 
Page 16A The Champion Free Press, Friday, July 13, 2012
of Law, Texas Southern Univer-sity, Houston, Texas 1979.
Usual occupation:
Congress-man, former attorney
Political ofces held in the
past:
Congressman, Georgia’sFourth Congressional District:2007-present; DeKalb CountyCommissioner, Fifth District:2001-2006; DeKalb County Mag-
istrate Court Judge: 1989-2000.
Why are you seeking this of-
ce?
I want to continue workingfor the district supporting legis-lation that puts people back towork, making investments in po-
lice, reghters, teachers, clean
energy and transportation, whileprotecting Social Security andthe social safety net.
Name:
Lincoln Nunnally
Party afliation:
 Democrat
City of residence:
 Porterdale
Education:
BS ofPsychology
Usual occupation:
 Sales Consultingand Management
Political ofces held in the
past:
Not Applicable
Why are you seeking this of-
ce?
We need new faces incongress that are willing to workacross party lines to solve theproblems of the people and havethe energy to see the solutionscarried out.
Name:
Greg Pallen
Party afliation
:RepublicanNo further informa-tion provided.
Name:
J. Chris
Vaughn
Party afliation
:RepublicanNo further informa-tion provided.
District 5
Name
: Michael Johnson
Party afliation
:Democrat
City of residence
: Atlanta
Education
: More-house College (1990);Syracuse UniversityCollege of Law (1993)
Usual occupation
:Lawyer; Former Fulton County
Superior Court Judge
Political ofces held in the
past
: Nonpartisan - Fulton Coun-ty Superior Court (2005 - 2011)
Why are you seeking this of-
ce?
Georgia’s 5th congressional
district has changed signicantly
over the last quarter century. I willbe a representative that will riseabove partisanship to addressnot only today’s issues, but offerinnovative solutions for tomor-row’s challenges.
Name
: John Lewis
(incumbent)
Party afliation
:DemocratNo further informa-tion provided.
Name:
Howard Stopeck
Party afliation:
 Republican
City of residence:
  Atlanta
Education:
LLB,
JD
Usual occupation:
 Lawyer, poet
Political ofces
held in the past:
President, AZA 
Why are you are seeking this
ofce?
Help the poor more thanmerely keep them alive. Transpar-
ent Tax: 16% at-tax -$25,000
household exemption, 13% de-crease. 28% corporate tax -$1million exemption, doubling cor-porate tax shifts tax burden, in-crease consumption, create jobs,abolish tax avoidance loopholes.
District 6
Name:
JeffKazanow
Party 
 
afliation:
 DemocraticNo further informa-tion provided
Name:
Robert Montigel
Party 
 
afliation:
 Democratic
City of residence:
 Roswell
Education:
BSEconomics-LehighUniversity, MBA Finance-ColumbiaUniversity
Usual occupation:
Small busi-ness owner, Biggs Building Prod-ucts, Suwanee
Political ofces held in the
past:
None
Why are you seeking this of-
ce?
To give voters a choice, achance to change Congress. Tobe a voice seeking reason, com-promise. To show issues areimportant, not money. To restoreindividual responsibility in Con-gress. For all the right reasons.
Name:
Tom Price(incumbent)
Party 
 
afliation:
 RepublicanNo further informa-tion provided.
State Senate
District 10
Name:
Emanuel D.
Jones (incumbent)
Party afliation
:DemocratNo further informa-tion provided.
District 40
Name:
Fran Millar(incumbent)
Party afliation
:RepublicanNo further informa-tion provided.
District 41
Name:
SteveHenson(incumbent)
Party afliation
:DemocratNo further informa-tion provided.
District 42
Name:
Jason J. Carter
(incumbent)
Party afliation:
 Democratic
City of residence:
 City of Atlanta inDeKalb
Education:
J.D.
University of Geor-gia; B.A. Duke Uni-versity
Usual occupation:
Attorney
Political ofces held in the
past:
State Senate District 42
Why you are seeking this of-
ce?
I want to prepare Georgiafor the future. We need real so-lutions for education and trans-portation, and a business envi-ronment that creates good jobs
and successful citizens. We can
do better than Georgia’s currentleadership. 
Name:
Kenneth BrettQuarterman
Party afliation:
Republican
City of residence:
Decatur
Education:
BA History fromUGA; BS, MS from Woodrow Wil-son College of law
Usual occupation:
Retired edu-cator
Political ofces held in the
past:
none
Why are you are seeking this
ofce?
To stop waste in govern-ment spending that I see ev-erywhere especially at the AllenWilson Terrace project which isbeing demolished and rebuilt fora frivolous reason. To give voters
a choice besides Jason Carter.
District 43
Name:
Ronald B.Ramsey Sr.(incumbent)
Party afliation
:DemocratNo further infor-mation provided.
District 44
Name:
GailBuckner
Party afliation
:DemocratNo further informa-tion provided.
Name:
Marcus E. Davis
Party afliation
: DemocratNo further information provided.
Name:
Gail Paulette Davenport(incumbent)
Party afliation:
 Democrat
City of residence:
Jonesboro
Education:
BA degree, SpelmanCollege
Usual occupation:
 real estate agent
Political ofces held in the
past:
GA State Senate, 4 years;current state senator, District 44
Why are you seeking this of-
ce?
 As a strong and dedi-cated Democrat, I am seekingre-election to continue to be anadvocate in the legislature for jobcreation, home mortgage relief,
Election
Continued From Page 15A 
See Election on Page 17A
The Champion contacted candidates by email and asked them to complete a questionnaire. Responses are printed as provided and are unedited except to shorten answers that exceeded to word limit.
JohnsonLewisStopeck
PriceMillar 
JonesHensonCarter DavenportVaughn
Nunnally
Buckner 
Montigel
Kazanow
Pallen
Ramsey
 
The Champion Free Press, Friday, July 13, 2012 Page 17A
veterans, an excellent educationsystem and going green initia-tives.
District 55
Name:
Gloria Butler(incumbent)
Party afliation
:Democrat
 
No further informa-tion provided
Name:
Mark Williams
Party afliation:
 Democrat
City of residence:
 Snellville
Education:
BA, Accounting, More-house College;Masters of Educa-tion, School Counsel-ing, Auburn University
Usual occupation:
High schoolcounselor
Political ofces held in the past:
 None
Why are you seeking this of-
ce?
I am seeking this ofce as
a result of what I think is a lack ofleadership by our current Senator.If elected, I look forward to work-ing with the constituents of 55 toimprove education….
State Houseof Representatives
District 79
Name:
Tom Taylor(incumbent)
Party afliation
:RepublicanNo further informa-tion provided.
District 80
Name:
Mike
Jacobs (incumbent)
Party afliation
:RepublicanNo further informa-tion provided.
Name:
SandyMurray
Party afliation
:DemocratNo further informa-tion provided.
District 81
Name:
Chris Boedeker
Party afliation:
 Republican
City of residence:
 DeKalb
Education:
Eco-nomics and Sociol-ogy, University of
Georgia; Juris Doc
-torate, Brooklyn LawSchool
Usual occupation:
Attorney
Political ofces held in the past:
 None
Why are you seeking this of-
ce?
I have watched over theyears as our state representatives
have used public ofce to pur
-sue their own self-interest. Whatwe need now is a servant-leaderguided by conservative principles.
Name:
Scott Holcomb
Party afliation:
Democrat
City of residence:
 Atlanta
Education:
B.A.,University of Con-
necticut; Juris-
Doctorate, WestVirginia University;M.B.A. University of Georgia(graduating in May 2012).
Usual occupation:
 Attorney
Political ofces held in the past:
State representative 2010-12.
Why are you seeking this of-
ce?
Georgia can, and must, dobetter. In many areas, our stateis underperforming. We muststrengthen our competitiveness,invest in our educational sys-tems, improve our transportationnetworks and increase access tohealth care.
Name:
CarlaRoberts
Party afliation
:RepublicanNo further informa-tion provided.
District 82
Name:
MaryMargaret Oliver(incumbent)
Party afliation
:DemocratNo further informa-tion provided.
District 83
Name:
HowardMosby(incumbent)
Party afliation
:DemocratNo further informa-tion provided.
District 84
Name:
Rahn Mayo (incumbent)
Party afliation:
 Democrat
City of residence:
 Decatur
Education:
HowardUniversity
Usual occupation:
 Real Estate Broker
Political ofces
held in the past:
State Represen-tative. Originally elected in 2008
Why are you are seeking this
ofce?
My goal is to improve thequality of life for DeKalb County
residents. Education and Job
creation are central issues ofconcern for my next term in theGeneral Assembly. Locally, I willfocus on roadside enhancementto improve the appearance andlandscaping on State Roads.
District 85
Name:
KarlaDrenner (incum-bent)
Party afliation
:DemocratNo further informa-tion provided.
District 86
Name:
Lisa Y. Kinnemore
Party afliation:
 Republican
City of residence:
 Stone Mountain
Education:
BA inPolitical Sciencefrom Georgia StateUniversity
Usual occupation:
 Home Educator
Political ofces held in the past:
 None
Why are you seeking this of-
ce?
I am running because I be-lieve House District 86 deservesbetter representation. We needa representative who is visibleand interacts with the communityand cares about the needs of thepeople.
Name:
Michele Henson(incumbent)
Party afliation:
 Democrat
City of residence:
 Stone Mountain
Education:
BA insociology at theUniversity of Miami(Fla.)
Usual occupation:
Business-woman, administrator
Political ofces held in the past:
 State Representative for 22 years
Why are you seeking this of-
ce?
I have 22 years of legislativeexperience, constituent serviceand active involvement in the lifeof the community. It is my goal tocontinue working for the commu-nity and DeKalb County.
District 87
Name:
Earnest“Coach” Williams(incumbent)
Party afliation:
 DemocratNo further informa-tion provided.
District 88
Name:
Billy Mitchell(incumbent)
Party afliation:
 DemocratNo further informa-tion provided.
District 89
Name:
Stacey Abrams(incumbent)
Party afliation:
 Democrat
City of residence:
  Atlanta
Education:
J.D.-
The Yale LawSchool; M.P.Aff-
the LBJ School of
Public Affairs at the University ofTexas at Austin; B.A. in Interdisci-plinary Studies (Political Science,Economics and Sociology) - Spel-man College,
 magna cum laude
.
Usual occupation
: Co-Founder,Senior Vice President and Chief
 Administrative Ofcer of NOWac
-count Network Corporation, a
nancial services rm. Stacey co-
founder of Nourish, Inc.
Political ofces held in the past:
 Georgia House RepresentativeDistrict 84, Georgia House Minor-ity Leader 
Roberts
Murray
Election
Continued From Page 16A 
The Champion contacted candidates by email and asked them to complete a questionnaire. Responses are printed as provided and are unedited except to shorten answers that exceeded to word limit.
See Election on Page 18A
Boedeker HolcombHensonAbrams
Kinnemore
Mitchell
Drenner 
WilliamsMosby
Mayo
Oliver Taylor JacobsWilliamsButler 

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