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Gail Buckner
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Georgia State Senate District 44
Former candidate
PartyDemocratic
Prior offices
Georgia State Senate, District 44
2009-2011
Education
Bachelor'sClayton State University, Integrated Studies
Personal
ProfessionCommunications/Marketing
CandidateVerification
Gail Buckner was a 2012 Democratic candidate for District 44 of the Georgia State Senate.[1] Buckner advanced to the Democratic runoff election on August 21, 2012 where Buckner was defeated by incumbent Gail Davenport.[2]

Buckner was a Democratic member of the Georgia State Senate, representing the state's 44th senate district from 2009-2011. On August 12, 2009, she filed papers to launch her candidacy for the statewide office of secretary of state.[3] She lost the nomination to Georganna Sinkfield.

After having served in the Georgia General Assembly for sixteen years, Buckner ran an unsuccessful campaign for the Secretary of State's Office, losing to Republican Karen Handel in the general election. She then joined the Georgia State Senate in 2008, representing the forty-fourth senate district.

Gail Buckner earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Clayton State University with a major in Integrated Studies and a focus on communications and marketing. Buckner also earned an Associate Degree from Clayton with a major in Education. Gail Buckner is a graduate of the National Foundation of Women Legislator’s Leadership Training. She has also studied at the Southeast Tourism Association’s Marketing College held at North Georgia College and State University and will resume these studies in the near future.


Committee assignments

State Senator Buckner currently serves on the following legislative committees:


Other roles

  • Board of Directors, Reynolds Nature Preserve
  • Honorary Life Member, Georgia Parent Teacher Association
  • Member, Clayton County Runaways Council
  • Member, Council for Children
  • Member, Elder Abuse Council of Clayton County
  • Member, Georgia Congress of Democratic Women
  • Member, Historical Jonesboro
  • Member, League of Women Voters
  • Member, Magazine Association of Georgia
  • Member, Prevention PLUS
  • President, National Order of Women Legislators


9 Legislator of the Year Awards

  • Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition (twice),
  • Georgia Association of Public Healthcare Professionals
  • University of Georgia Consumer Science Professionals
  • Association of Technology Educators
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Emergency Services Association
  • Maxine Goldstein Award


Other Recognition's

  • Leadership Georgia: One of two members of the House of Representatives from the 1991 Class
  • Elected by women legislators throughout the country as President of the National Foundation for Women Legislators
  • Citizen of the Year Award (2002) from Clayton County
  • Outstanding Alumni Award (2002) from Clayton College and State University
  • The Prism Award
  • NAACP Community Service Award
  • NAACP Legacy Award
  • Honorary Lifetime PTA Membership: Adamson Middle School, Babb Junior High School
  • Clayton Clean and Beautiful Volunteer of the Year
  • Clayton County Juvenile Court Resolution for Lifelong Dedication
  • The President’s Award, Georgia Federation of Democratic Women, 2006
  • Georgia Women’s Institute Award for Leadership in Public Service


Elections

2012

See also: Georgia State Senate elections, 2012

Buckner ran in the 2012 election for Georgia State Senate District 44. Buckner ran against Marcus E. Davis and incumbent Gail Davenport in the Democratic primary on July 31, 2012. Buckner advanced to the Democratic runoff election where she was defeated by incumbent Gail Davenport on August 21, 2012.[2][1]

Georgia State Senate, District 44 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGail Davenport Incumbent 48.5% 11,979
Gail Buckner 42.3% 10,454
Marcus E. Davis 9.2% 2,285
Total Votes 24,718

2010

See also: Georgia Secretary of State election, 2010
2010 Race for Secretary of State - Democratic Primary[5]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Gail Buckner 35.1%[6]
     Democratic Party Georganna Sinkfield 22.6%
     Democratic Party Angela Moore 20.4%
     Democratic Party Michael Mills 15.5%
     Democratic Party Gary Horlacher 6.4%
Total Votes 341,395
2010 Race for Secretary of State - Democratic Primary Runoff[7]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Georganna Sinkfield 61.9%
     Democratic Party Gail Buckner 38.1%
Total Votes 100,666

2008

2008 Race for Georgia State Senate, District 44 - Democratic Primary[8]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Gail Buckner (D) 43.9%
Gail Davenport (D) 39.4%
Demont Davis (D) 14.0%
Artansa Snell (D) 2.8%
Total votes 14,156

2006

2006 Race for Secretary of State - Democratic Primary[10]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Gail Buckner (D) 25.4%
Hicks (D) 21.9%
Angela Moore (D) 17.5%
Reddy (D) 16.5%
Ray (D) 7.1%
Total votes 423,046
2006 Race for Secretary of State - General Election[11]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Karen Handel (R) 54.1%
Gail Buckner (D) 41.8%
Madsen (Libertarian) 4.1%
Total votes 2,063,298

2004

2004 Race for Georgia House of Representatives, District 76 - General Election[13]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Gail Buckner (D) 90.5%
Ken Parmalee (Libertarian) 9.5%
Total votes 15,680

2002

2002 Race for Georgia House of Representatives, District 82 - Democratic Primary[14]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Gail Buckner (D) 76.0%
Norreese Haynes (D) 24.0%
Total votes 3,999
2002 Race for Georgia House of Representatives, District 82 - General Election[15]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Gail Buckner (D) 82.0%
Mark Mosley (Libertarian) 18.0%
Total votes 8,455

1996

1996 Race for Georgia House of Representatives, District 95 - Democratic Primary[16]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Gail Buckner (D) 77.2%
Lee Sexton (D) 22.8%
Total votes 2,330
1996 Race for Georgia House of Representatives, District 95 - General Election[17]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Gail Buckner (D) 56.9%
Gayle Beddingfield (R) 43.1%
Total votes 12,568

2000

2000 Race for Georgia House of Representatives, District 95 - Democratic Primary[18]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Gail Buckner (D) 68.1%
Jerry Arnold (D) 31.9%
Total votes 2,648

1998

1998 Race for Georgia House of Representatives, District 95 - General Election[21]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Gail Buckner (D) 60.9%
Gayle Beddingfield (R) 39.1%
Total votes 9,382

Campaign donors

2008

According to Follow the Money, Buckner raised $9,914 in 2008 for her state senatorial campaign.[22]

Listed below are the top five contributors:

Donor Amount
Betty McAndrew $2,000
Georgia Association of Educators $1,500
Communications Workers, District 3 $1,000
Andy Cole $1,000
Albert Hazelwood $1,000

Personal

Buckner currently resides in Jonesboro, Georgia with her husband, Charles, and their three children - Todd, Galyn, and Lauren. Gail and Charles Buckner have been married 41 years. Their three children were educated in the public schools of the Clayton County School System, and they are now successful adults with children of their own. Gail Buckner worked as a full-time volunteer for the school system and served two terms as President of the Clayton County Council of PTAs. Under Buckner’s leadership the council twice won the National PTAs one award that is presented to a State PTA. The Babb Jr. High School PTA also won the Georgia Outstanding PTA Award while Gail Buckner was President. These awards were based on the far-reaching prevention programs that Buckner helped organize to prevent juvenile delinquency and to help our youth develop into good citizens while they get a good education.The Buckners are now the proud grandparents of seven grandchildren.

Contact information

Capitol Address:
313-A Coverdell Legislative Office Building
Atlanta, GA 30334

Phone: (404) 463-5260
Fax: (404) 656-6579
E-mail: gail.buckner@senate.ga.gov

Georgia

District Address:
7324 Cardif Place
Jonesboro, GA 30236

Phone: (770) 473-9039

Campaign Address:
Gail Buckner for Georgia Secretary of State
7324 Cardif Place
Jonesboro, GA 30236

Phone: (770) 473-9039
E-mail: info@gailbuckner.com

See also

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Georgia Secretary of State Elections Division "Candidate List" Accessed May 29, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 AP Results "State Senate Runoff Election Results" Accessed August 21, 2012
  3. SWGA Politics "Gary Horlacher Has Some Competition for Democratic Nomination for Secretary of State" 27 Aug. 2009
  4. Georgia State Senate - List of Standing Committees
  5. Georgia Secretary of State - 2010 Primary Election Results
  6. Even though Gail Buckner received the most votes, she failed to receive over fifty percent of those votes required by Georgia state law. A runoff election between the top two vote recipients, therefore, was required to decide who went on to the general election.
  7. Georgia Secretary of State - 2010 Primary Runoff Election Results
  8. Georgia Secretary of State - 2008 State Senate Primary Election Results
  9. Georgia Secretary of State - 2008 State Senate General Election Results
  10. Georgia Secretary of State - 2006 Secretary of State Democratic Primary Election Results
  11. Georgia Secretary of State - 2006 Secretary of State General Election Results
  12. Georgia Secretary of State - 2004 State House Primary Election Results
  13. Georgia Secretary of State - 2004 State House General Election Results
  14. Georgia Secretary of State - 2002 State House Primary Election Results
  15. Georgia Secretary of State - 2002 State House General Election Results
  16. Georgia Secretary of State - 1996 State House Primary Election Results
  17. Georgia Secretary of State - 1996 State House General Election Results
  18. Georgia Secretary of State - 2000 State House Primary Election Results
  19. Georgia Secretary of State - 2000 State House General Election Results
  20. Georgia Secretary of State - 1998 State House Primary Election Results
  21. Georgia Secretary of State - 1998 State House General Election Results
  22. Follow the Money - Campaign Contributions for Gail Buckner, 2008


Political offices
Preceded by
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Georgia Senate - District 44
2009-2011
Succeeded by
Gail Davenport