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{{Gaelecbanner14}}{{gadowntoc14}}{{tnr}}'''Six down ballot state executive positions''' are up for election in the state of [[Georgia]] in 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014, following a primary on May 20 and a runoff, if necessary, on July 22.
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{{Gaelecbanner14}}{{gadowntoc14}}{{tnr}}'''Six down ballot state executive positions''' are up for election in the state of [[Georgia]] in 2014: [[Georgia State Superintendent of Schools|state schools superintendent]], [[Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner|insurance commissioner]], [[Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture|commissioner of agriculture]], [[Georgia Commissioner of Labor|commissioner of labor]] and two seats on the [[Georgia Public Service Commission|public service commission]].  
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The general election will be held on '''November 4, 2014''', following a primary on '''May 20''' and a runoff, if necessary, on '''July 22'''.
  
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Going into the 2014 electoral cycle, all six down ballot positions are held by Republicans. Five of the incumbents are running for re-election. The exception, current [[Georgia State Superintendent of Schools]] [[John Barge]] (R), opted to to run for [[governor]] instead against GOP incumbent [[Nathan Deal]].<ref>[https://gvrs.sos.state.ga.us/GAElection/CandidateDetails ''Georgia Secretary of State'', "Qualifying Candidate Information," accessed May 19, 2014]</ref> He lost to Deal in the primary.
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District 4 [[Public Service Commission|Public Service Commissioner]] [[Bubba McDonald]] (R) was the only incumbent from the down ballot races to face a primary challenge. Undaunted, McDonald easily overtook two challengers to secure the Republican nomination on May 20. He will defend his post against uncontested Democratic nominee [[Daniel Blackman]] in the general election.
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[[Liz Johnson]] won the Democratic primary for [[Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner]], defeating opponent [[Keith Heard]] by a commanding margin of 40 percentage points. Johnson will face GOP incumbent [[Ralph Hudgens]] in November.
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Stealing some of the spotlight away from the top of the ticket, both Superintendent of Schools primaries failed to produce a definitive victor in the primary and are headed to runoffs. The top two finishers in each field are set to face off on July 22: [[Alisha Thomas Morgan]] and [[Valarie Wilson]] for the Democrats; [[Mike Buck]] and [[Richard Woods]] for the Republicans.<ref>[http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/GA/51345/132192/en/summary.html ''Georgia Election Results, Secretary of State'', "Primary Statewide Election Results," accessed July 21, 2014]</ref>{{SEO unique news update|Month=July 22, 2014|Reason=runoff outcomes}}
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Among the five down ballot incumbents seeking re-election in 2014, only District 1 Georgia Public Service Commissioner [[H. Doug Everett]] (R) is completely unopposed.
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===Duties===
 
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Public service commissioners are responsible for making regulations covering [[Georgia|Georgia's]] electric, gas, telecommunications and intrastate transportation firms. State law also gives the commission the power to hear complaints against public utilities, require utilities to maintain certain services or facilities, and "examine the affairs" of utilities and "keep informed of their general condition."<ref>[http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/gacode/ ''Georgia Code'', "46-2-20," accessed September 19, 2011]</ref>
 
Public service commissioners are responsible for making regulations covering [[Georgia|Georgia's]] electric, gas, telecommunications and intrastate transportation firms. State law also gives the commission the power to hear complaints against public utilities, require utilities to maintain certain services or facilities, and "examine the affairs" of utilities and "keep informed of their general condition."<ref>[http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/gacode/ ''Georgia Code'', "46-2-20," accessed September 19, 2011]</ref>
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==Ballotpedia reports==
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*[[Superintendent primaries both headed to runoff: Georgia state executive primary elections review]] <small>May 21, 2014</small>
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*[[Primary preview: Georgia state executive elections, 2014]] <small>May 19, 2014</small>
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==Recent news==
  
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==See also==
 
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*[[Georgia state executive official elections, 2014]]
 
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*[[State executive official elections, 2014]]
 
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Georgia Down Ballot State Executive Elections

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

Runoff Date
July 22, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Georgia State Executive Elections
Top Ballot
Governor Lieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney General
Down Ballot
Superintendent, Insurance Commissioner, Agriculture Commissioner, Labor Commissioner, Public Service Commissioner

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Six down ballot state executive positions are up for election in the state of Georgia in 2014: state schools superintendent, insurance commissioner, commissioner of agriculture, commissioner of labor and two seats on the public service commission.

The general election will be held on November 4, 2014, following a primary on May 20 and a runoff, if necessary, on July 22.

Going into the 2014 electoral cycle, all six down ballot positions are held by Republicans. Five of the incumbents are running for re-election. The exception, current Georgia State Superintendent of Schools John Barge (R), opted to to run for governor instead against GOP incumbent Nathan Deal.[1] He lost to Deal in the primary.

District 4 Public Service Commissioner Bubba McDonald (R) was the only incumbent from the down ballot races to face a primary challenge. Undaunted, McDonald easily overtook two challengers to secure the Republican nomination on May 20. He will defend his post against uncontested Democratic nominee Daniel Blackman in the general election. Liz Johnson won the Democratic primary for Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner, defeating opponent Keith Heard by a commanding margin of 40 percentage points. Johnson will face GOP incumbent Ralph Hudgens in November.

Stealing some of the spotlight away from the top of the ticket, both Superintendent of Schools primaries failed to produce a definitive victor in the primary and are headed to runoffs. The top two finishers in each field are set to face off on July 22: Alisha Thomas Morgan and Valarie Wilson for the Democrats; Mike Buck and Richard Woods for the Republicans.[2]

Among the five down ballot incumbents seeking re-election in 2014, only District 1 Georgia Public Service Commissioner H. Doug Everett (R) is completely unopposed.

Georgia is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[3][4][5]

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
March 7 Filing deadline for candidates
May 20 Primary election
June 27 Filing deadline for independent candidates
July 22 Primary runoff election
September 2 Deadline to file as a write-in candidate for the general election
November 4 General election
January 12, 2015 Inauguration day for state executive officials in general election

Incumbent breakdown

Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running? General Election Candidates 2014 Winner Partisan Switch?
State Superintendent of Schools John Barge
John Barge.jpg
2011 No[6] Republican Party Richard Woods
Democratic Party Valarie Wilson
Pending
Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens
Ralph Hudgens.jpg
2011 Yes[7] Republican Party Ralph Hudgens
Democratic Party Liz Johnson
Libertarian Party Ted Metz
Pending
Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black
Gary Black.jpg
2011 Yes[8] Republican Party Gary Black
Democratic Party Chris Irvin
Pending
Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler
Mark Butler.jpg
2011 Yes[9] Republican Party Mark Butler
Democratic Party Robbin Shipp
Pending
Public Service Commission H. Doug Everett
Doug Everett.jpg
2003 Yes[10] Republican Party H. Doug Everett
Libertarian Party John Monds
Pending
Public Service Commission Bubba McDonald
Bubba McDonald.jpg
2009 Yes[11] Republican Party Bubba McDonald
Democratic Party Daniel Blackman
Libertarian Party Robin Aaron Gilmer
Pending

State Superintendent of Schools

Current incumbent

Republican Party John Barge

Primary Runoff Candidates

Lost in the Primary

Primary Election Results

  • Republican primary
Georgia Superintendent of Schools, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Woods 16.8% 78,542
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Buck 19.5% 91,435
Mary Kay Bacallao 15.3% 71,810
Ashley Bell 15% 70,065
Nancy Jester 10.9% 51,211
Fitz Johnson 7.7% 35,862
Allen Bowles Fort 6.3% 29,504
Sharyl Dawes 5.4% 25,468
Kira Willis 3.1% 14,584
Total Votes 468,481
Election Results Via:Georgia Secretary of State Election Results.
  • Democratic primary
Georgia Superintendent of Schools, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngValarie Wilson 32.6% 96,849
Green check mark transparent.pngAlisha Thomas Morgan 26.4% 78,460
Denise Freeman 18.3% 54,428
Tarnisha Dent 13.5% 40,007
Jurita Forehand Mays 5.7% 16,818
Rita Robinzine 3.6% 10,609
Total Votes 297,171
Election Results Via:Georgia Secretary of State Election Results.

Duties

The superintendent is charged by state law to "carry out and enforce all the rules and regulations of the State Board of Education and the laws governing the schools receiving state aid." Additionally, he is directed to make recommendations to the board on matters related to the "welfare and efficiency" of the public school system.[26]

Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner

Current incumbent

Republican Party Ralph Hudgens

General Election Candidates

Lost in the Primary

Primary Election Results

  • Republican primary - Uncontested
  • Democratic primary
Georgia Insurance Commissioner, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKeith Heard 69.9% 203,318
Liz Johnson 30.1% 87,437
Total Votes 290,755
Election Results Via:Georgia Secretary of State Election Results.

Duties

The commissioner is administrative head of the Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner, which both regulates the state's insurance industry and oversees state fire safety initiatives.

Commissioner of Agriculture

Current incumbent

General Election Candidates

Primary Election Results

  • Republican primary - Uncontested
  • Democratic primary - Uncontested

Duties

The commissioner manages the Georgia Department of Agriculture, which regulates and promotes the produce of Georgia's agricultural industry.

According to the department's website, "the Georgia Department of Agriculture regulates, monitors, or assists with the following areas: grocery stores, convenience stores, food warehouses, bottling plants, food processing plants, pet dealers and breeders, animal health, gasoline quality and pump calibration, antifreeze, weights and measures, marketing of Georgia agricultural products domestically and internationally, pesticides, structural pest control, meat processing plants, seed quality, Vidalia onions, state farmers markets, plant diseases, nurseries and garden centers, fertilizer and lime, potting soil; feed, boll weevil eradication, apiaries, Humane Care for Equines Act, bottled water, and other responsibilities."[31]

Commissioner of Labor

Current incumbent

General Election Candidates

Primary Election Results

  • Republican primary - Uncontested
  • Democratic primary - Uncontested

Duties

The commissioner is the administrative head of the Georgia Department of Labor, which implements the state's labor regulations, operates its unemployment insurance and workforce development programs, and produces research and statistics regarding the state's labor market.

Public Service Commission

Current incumbent (District 1)

Primary Election Results

  • Republican primary - Uncontested
  • Democratic primary - Uncontested

Current incumbent (District 4)

General Election Candidates

Lost in the Primary

Primary Election Results

  • Republican primary
Georgia Public Service Commissioner, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBubba McDonald Incumbent 62.3% 318,205
Doug Kidd 20.8% 106,474
Craig Lutz 16.9% 86,189
Total Votes 510,868
Election Results Via:Georgia Secretary of State Election Results.
  • Democratic primary - Uncontested

Duties

Public service commissioners are responsible for making regulations covering Georgia's electric, gas, telecommunications and intrastate transportation firms. State law also gives the commission the power to hear complaints against public utilities, require utilities to maintain certain services or facilities, and "examine the affairs" of utilities and "keep informed of their general condition."[36]

Ballotpedia reports

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Georgia + Superintendent + Runoff + Election"

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

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See also

References

  1. Georgia Secretary of State, "Qualifying Candidate Information," accessed May 19, 2014
  2. Georgia Election Results, Secretary of State, "Primary Statewide Election Results," accessed July 21, 2014
  3. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  4. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  6. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Your Daily Jolt: John Barge kicks off gubernatorial run today," September 3, 2013
  7. Ralph Hudgens for Insurance Commissioner, "Homepage," accessed November 25, 2013
  8. Gary Black for Agriculture Commissioner 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed November 25, 2013
  9. Mark Butler for Labor Commissioner 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014
  10. Georgia Secretary of State, "Qualifying Candidate Information for May 20 Primary Election: Public Service Commission," March 3, 2014
  11. Georgia Secretary of State, "Qualifying Candidate Information for May 20 Primary Election: Public Service Commission," March 3, 2014
  12. The Marietta Daily Journal, "Morgan to run for Ga. Superintendent," November 13, 2013
  13. Valarie Wilson for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014
  14. Mike Buck for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014
  15. Richard Woods for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed November 18, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Georgia Secretary of State, "Qualifying Candidate Information: State Schools Superintendent," accessed April 1, 2014
  17. Denise Freeman for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website,' "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014
  18. Rita Robinzine for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014
  19. Tarnisha Dent for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014
  20. Ashley Bell for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014
  21. Mary Kay Bacallao for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014
  22. Nancy Jester for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed November 18, 2013
  23. Sheryl Dawes for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014
  24. Fitz Johnson for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014
  25. Kira Willis 2014 Official campaign, "Homepage," accessed November 18, 2013
  26. Georgia Code, "20-2-34," accessed September 15, 2011
  27. Ralph Hudgeons for Insurance Commissioner 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed March 31, 2014
  28. Liz Johnson for GA Insurance Commissioner, "Timeline," accessed December 18, 2013
  29. Keith Heard for Insurance Commissioner 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed March 31, 2014
  30. Chris Irvin for Agriculture Commissioner, "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014
  31. Georgia Department of Agriculture, "About Us," accessed September 16, 2011
  32. Robbin Shipp for Labor Commissioner 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed March 31, 2014
  33. Craig Lutz for PSC 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014
  34. Doug Kidd for PSC 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014
  35. Daniel Blackman for PSC 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014
  36. Georgia Code, "46-2-20," accessed September 19, 2011