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Let’s All Get Out and Vote

By Paul Bolster

To let you know what your choices are, below is a short guide to the contested races for residents in the Porch Press area, including links to the candidates’ websites where available.

SPECIAL ELECTION, September 29, 2020

This purpose for this special election is to fill the currently vacant seat, most recently held by Congressman John Lewis, for the Georgia 5th Congressional District for the U.S. House of Representatives. This person will hold office until January 2021, after which the duly elected person for the next full term will be seated. The following persons are running: Robert M. Franklin (D); Kwanza Hall (D); Barrington D. Martin, II (D); Steven Muhammad (I); Chase Oliver (L); “Able” Mable Thomas (D); Keisha Sean Waites (D).

GENERAL ELECTION, November 3, 2020

It’s the big one—the Presidential Election and for Georgians, two Senate races! This ballot will be a long one because it will include candidates for the U.S. House and Senate, Georgia House and Senate, and local races as well as several ballot questions. 


President of the United States

Joe Biden/Kamala Harris (D) –

Howie Hawkins/Angela Nicole Walker (G) –

Jo Jorgensen/Spike Cohen (L) –

Donald Trump/Mike Pence (R) –

United States Senate (for the full-term seat, 6 years)

David Perdue (R; incumbent) –

Jon Ossoff (D) –

Shane Hazel (L) –

United States Senate (unexpired term of Johnny Isaakson, 4 years)

Kelly Loeffler (R; incumbent) –

Deborah Jackson (D) –

Jamesia James (D)

Tamara Johnson-Shealey (D) –

Matt Lieberman (D) –

Joy Felicia Slade (D)

Ed Tarver (D) –

Raphael Warnock (D) –

Richard Dien Winfield (D) –

Doug Collins (R) –

Derrick Grayson (R) –

Annette Davis Jackson (R) –

A. Wayne Johnson (R) –

Kandiss Taylor (R) –

John Green Fortuin (G) –

Elbert Bartell (I) –

Allen Buckley (I) –

Michael Todd Greene (I)

Valencia Stovall (I) –

Brian Slowinski (L) –

Public Service Commission – District 1

Jason Shaw (R; incumbent) –

Robert Bryant (D) –

Elizabeth Melton (L) –

Public Service Commission – District 4

Lauren Bubba McDonald (R; incumbent)

Daniel Blackman (D) –

Nathan Wilson (L) –

United States House District 5

Nikema Williams (D) –

Angela Stanton King (R) 


Georgia State Senate, District 44

Gail Davenport (D; incumbent) –

Benjamin Brooks (R) 


Melody Maddox (D; incumbent)

Harold Dennis (R) –


  • Legislative authority to dedicate state revenue to specific purposes from specific taxes or fees.
  • Allow residents to seek declaratory relief from state and local laws that violate the state constitution or state laws.


  • Vote to extend the current 1% sales tax to fund water and sewer projects


  • Sunday sales of alcohol – 12:30pm to 11:30pm

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