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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]].  
 
{{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]].  
  
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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The general election will be held on '''November 4, 2014''', following a primary on '''May 20''' and a runoff where necessary on '''July 22'''. Georgia election law requires a candidate to earn a majority (at least 50 percent) of the primary election vote in order to automatically move on with the party's nomination.<ref>[http://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/primary-runoffs.aspx ''National Conference of State Legislatures'', "Primary Runoffs," accessed July 21, 2014]</ref> If no candidate reaches that threshold, the two candidates with the highest number of votes compete in a runoff, which, effective in 2014, will take place "on the Tuesday of the ninth week" following the primary. The timetable was revised under House Bill 310 and signed into law by [[Governor of Georgia|Gov.]] [[Nathan Deal]] in January 2014; Prior to 2014, runoffs were regularly held three weeks after the preceding primary.<ref>[http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20132014/HB/310 ''Georgia General Assembly'', "Legislation: 2013-2014 Regular Session - HB 310 Elections; ethics in government; revise definitions; provisions," accessed July 21, 2014]</ref>
  
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 run for [[governor]] 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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Going into the 2014 electoral cycle, all six down ballot positions are occupied by Republicans. Five of the incumbents are running for re-election. The exception, current [[Georgia State Superintendent of Schools]] [[John Barge]] (R), opted to run for [[governor]] 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.
  
 
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.<br>
 
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.<br>
  
[[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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Current [[Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner]] [[Ralph Hudgens]] will face [[Liz Johnson]] in November. Johnson defeated opponent [[Keith Heard]] in the [[Democratic]] primary by a commanding margin of 40 percentage points.
  
 
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}}
 
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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==State Superintendent of Schools==
 
==State Superintendent of Schools==
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:: ''See also: [[Georgia State Superintendent of Schools]]''
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===Duties===
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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.<ref>[http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/gacode/ ''Georgia Code'', "20-2-34," accessed September 15, 2011]</ref>
 
===Current incumbent===
 
===Current incumbent===
{{reddot}} [[John Barge]]
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{{reddot}} [[John Barge]] ''(Ran for governor)''
  
===Primary Runoff Candidates===
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Rather than seek a second term as superintendent in 2014, Barge chose to run for [[Governor of Georgia|governor]]. He was defeated by incumbent Gov. [[Nathan Deal]] in the [[Republican]] primary on May 20, 2014. Barge's term expires on January 12, 2015, at which time he will have to cede the superintendent's office to his elected successor.
  
*{{bluedot}} [[Alisha Thomas Morgan]] - State Representative<ref>[http://www.mdjonline.com/view/full_story/24040791/article-Morgan-to-run-for-Ga--Superintendent ''The Marietta Daily Journal,'' "Morgan to run for Ga. Superintendent," November 13, 2013]</ref>
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===Primary Runoff Candidates===
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*'''Democratic runoff'''
 
*{{bluedot}} [[Valarie Wilson]] - Non Profit Director, Ex-Decatur School Board Chair<ref>[http://valforeducation.com/ ''Valarie Wilson for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website,'' "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014]</ref>
 
*{{bluedot}} [[Valarie Wilson]] - Non Profit Director, Ex-Decatur School Board Chair<ref>[http://valforeducation.com/ ''Valarie Wilson for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website,'' "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014]</ref>
 
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*{{bluedot}} [[Alisha Thomas Morgan]] - State Representative<ref>[http://www.mdjonline.com/view/full_story/24040791/article-Morgan-to-run-for-Ga--Superintendent ''The Marietta Daily Journal,'' "Morgan to run for Ga. Superintendent," November 13, 2013]</ref>
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*'''Republican runoff'''
 
*{{reddot}} [[Mike Buck]] - Educator<ref>[http://www.buckforsuperintendent.com/ ''Mike Buck for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website,'' "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014]</ref>
 
*{{reddot}} [[Mike Buck]] - Educator<ref>[http://www.buckforsuperintendent.com/ ''Mike Buck for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website,'' "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014]</ref>
 
*{{reddot}} [[Richard Woods]]<ref>[http://www.woodsforsuper.com/index2.html ''Richard Woods for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website,'' "Homepage," accessed November 18, 2013]</ref>
 
*{{reddot}} [[Richard Woods]]<ref>[http://www.woodsforsuper.com/index2.html ''Richard Woods for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website,'' "Homepage," accessed November 18, 2013]</ref>
===Lost in the Primary===
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*{{bluedot}} [[Jurita Forehand Mays]] - Educator<ref name=candlist>[https://gvrs.sos.state.ga.us/GAElection/CandidateDetails ''Georgia Secretary of State,'' "Qualifying Candidate Information: State Schools Superintendent," accessed April 1, 2014]</ref>
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====Lost in the Primary====
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*'''Democratic primary'''
 
*{{bluedot}} [[Denise Freeman]] - Consultant/advocate<ref name=candlist/><ref>[http://www.denisefreemanforgeorgiaschools.com/ ''Denise Freeman for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website,' "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014]</ref>
 
*{{bluedot}} [[Denise Freeman]] - Consultant/advocate<ref name=candlist/><ref>[http://www.denisefreemanforgeorgiaschools.com/ ''Denise Freeman for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website,' "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014]</ref>
*{{bluedot}} [[Rita Robinzine]] - Teacher<ref>[http://ritatheteacher.com/ ''Rita Robinzine for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website,'' "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014]</ref>
 
 
*{{bluedot}} [[Tarnisha Dent]] - Educator<ref>[http://tarnishadent.com/ ''Tarnisha Dent for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website,'' "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014]</ref>
 
*{{bluedot}} [[Tarnisha Dent]] - Educator<ref>[http://tarnishadent.com/ ''Tarnisha Dent for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website,'' "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014]</ref>
*{{reddot}} [[Allen Bowles Fort]] - Superintendent<ref name=candlist/>
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*{{bluedot}} [[Jurita Forehand Mays]] - Educator<ref name=candlist>[https://gvrs.sos.state.ga.us/GAElection/CandidateDetails ''Georgia Secretary of State,'' "Qualifying Candidate Information: State Schools Superintendent," accessed April 1, 2014]</ref>
*{{reddot}} [[Ashley Bell]] - Attorney<ref>[http://www.ashleybell.com/ ''Ashley Bell for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website,'' "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014]</ref>
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*{{bluedot}} [[Rita Robinzine]] - Teacher<ref>[http://ritatheteacher.com/ ''Rita Robinzine for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website,'' "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014]</ref>
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*'''Republican primary'''
 
*{{reddot}} [[Mary Kay Bacallao]] - College professor<ref>[http://marykaybacallao.jimdo.com/ ''Mary Kay Bacallao for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website,'' "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014]</ref>
 
*{{reddot}} [[Mary Kay Bacallao]] - College professor<ref>[http://marykaybacallao.jimdo.com/ ''Mary Kay Bacallao for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website,'' "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014]</ref>
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*{{reddot}} [[Ashley Bell]] - Attorney<ref>[http://www.ashleybell.com/ ''Ashley Bell for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website,'' "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014]</ref>
 
*{{reddot}} [[Nancy Jester]] - Former member, DeKalb Board of Education<ref>[http://www.nancyjester.com/ ''Nancy Jester for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website,'' "Homepage," accessed November 18, 2013]</ref>
 
*{{reddot}} [[Nancy Jester]] - Former member, DeKalb Board of Education<ref>[http://www.nancyjester.com/ ''Nancy Jester for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website,'' "Homepage," accessed November 18, 2013]</ref>
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*{{reddot}} [[Fitz Johnson]] - Business owner<ref>[http://fitzjohnson.us/ ''Fitz Johnson for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website,'' "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014]</ref>
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*{{reddot}} [[Allen Bowles Fort]] - Superintendent<ref name=candlist/>
 
*{{reddot}} [[Sharyl Dawes]] - Businesswoman, former teacher<ref>[http://www.sharyldawes.com/ ''Sheryl Dawes for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website,'' "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014]</ref>
 
*{{reddot}} [[Sharyl Dawes]] - Businesswoman, former teacher<ref>[http://www.sharyldawes.com/ ''Sheryl Dawes for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website,'' "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014]</ref>
*{{reddot}} [[Fitz Johnson]] - Business owner<ref>[http://fitzjohnson.us/ ''Fitz Johnson for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website,'' "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014]</ref>
 
 
*{{reddot}} [[Kira Willis]]<ref>[http://kirawillis.com/ ''Kira Willis 2014 Official campaign,'' "Homepage," accessed November 18, 2013]</ref>
 
*{{reddot}} [[Kira Willis]]<ref>[http://kirawillis.com/ ''Kira Willis 2014 Official campaign,'' "Homepage," accessed November 18, 2013]</ref>
 
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===Primary Election Results===
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====Primary Election Results====
 
*'''Republican primary'''
 
*'''Republican primary'''
 
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*'''Democratic primary'''
 
*'''Democratic primary'''
 
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===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.<ref>[http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/gacode/ ''Georgia Code'', "20-2-34," accessed September 15, 2011]</ref>
 
  
 
==Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner==
 
==Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner==
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:: ''See also: [[Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner]]''
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===Duties===
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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.
 
===Current incumbent===
 
===Current incumbent===
{{reddot}} [[Ralph Hudgens]]
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{{reddot}} [[Ralph Hudgens]] (''Running'')
 
===General Election Candidates===
 
===General Election Candidates===
 
*{{reddot}} [[Ralph Hudgens]] - ''Incumbent''<ref>[http://www.ralphhudgens.com/ ''Ralph Hudgeons for Insurance Commissioner 2014 Official campaign website,'' "Homepage," accessed March 31, 2014]</ref>
 
*{{reddot}} [[Ralph Hudgens]] - ''Incumbent''<ref>[http://www.ralphhudgens.com/ ''Ralph Hudgeons for Insurance Commissioner 2014 Official campaign website,'' "Homepage," accessed March 31, 2014]</ref>
 
*{{bluedot}} [[Liz Johnson]]<ref>[https://www.facebook.com/lizjohnsonforGAinsuranceCommissioner/info ''Liz Johnson for GA Insurance Commissioner,'' "Timeline," accessed December 18, 2013]</ref>
 
*{{bluedot}} [[Liz Johnson]]<ref>[https://www.facebook.com/lizjohnsonforGAinsuranceCommissioner/info ''Liz Johnson for GA Insurance Commissioner,'' "Timeline," accessed December 18, 2013]</ref>
  
===Lost in the Primary===
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====Lost in the Primary====
 
*{{bluedot}} [[Keith Heard]] - Insurance agency owner, former state Rep.<ref>[http://www.letyourvoicebekeithheard.com/ Keith Heard for Insurance Commissioner 2014 Official campaign website,'' "Homepage," accessed March 31, 2014]</ref>
 
*{{bluedot}} [[Keith Heard]] - Insurance agency owner, former state Rep.<ref>[http://www.letyourvoicebekeithheard.com/ Keith Heard for Insurance Commissioner 2014 Official campaign website,'' "Homepage," accessed March 31, 2014]</ref>
===Primary Election Results===
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====Primary Election Results====
 
*'''Republican primary''' - ''Uncontested''
 
*'''Republican primary''' - ''Uncontested''
 
*'''Democratic primary'''
 
*'''Democratic primary'''
 
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==Commissioner of Agriculture==
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:: ''See also: [[Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture]]''
 
===Duties===
 
===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.
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The commissioner manages the Georgia Department of Agriculture, which regulates and promotes the produce of [[Georgia|Georgia's]] agricultural industry.
  
==Commissioner of Agriculture==
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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."<ref>[http://agr.georgia.gov/about.aspx ''Georgia Department of Agriculture'', "About Us," accessed September 16, 2011]</ref>
 
===Current incumbent===
 
===Current incumbent===
*{{reddot}} [[Gary Black]]
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*{{reddot}} [[Gary Black]] ''(Running)''
 
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===General Election Candidates===
 
===General Election Candidates===
 
*{{reddot}} [[Gary Black]] - ''Incumbent''
 
*{{reddot}} [[Gary Black]] - ''Incumbent''
 
*{{bluedot}} [[Chris Irvin]] - Small business owner<ref>[http://www.votechrisirvin.com/home/ ''Chris Irvin for Agriculture Commissioner,'' "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014]</ref>
 
*{{bluedot}} [[Chris Irvin]] - Small business owner<ref>[http://www.votechrisirvin.com/home/ ''Chris Irvin for Agriculture Commissioner,'' "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014]</ref>
===Primary Election Results===
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====Primary Election Results====
 
*'''Republican primary''' - ''Uncontested''
 
*'''Republican primary''' - ''Uncontested''
 
*'''Democratic primary''' - ''Uncontested''
 
*'''Democratic primary''' - ''Uncontested''
===Duties===
 
The commissioner manages the Georgia Department of Agriculture, which regulates and promotes the produce of [[Georgia|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."<ref>[http://agr.georgia.gov/about.aspx ''Georgia Department of Agriculture'', "About Us," accessed September 16, 2011]</ref>
 
  
 
==Commissioner of Labor==
 
==Commissioner of Labor==
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:: ''See also: [[Georgia Commissioner of Labor]]''
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===Duties===
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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.
 
===Current incumbent===
 
===Current incumbent===
*{{reddot}} [[Mark Butler (Georgia)|Mark Butler]]
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*{{reddot}} [[Mark Butler (Georgia)|Mark Butler]] ''(Running)''
  
 
===General Election Candidates===
 
===General Election Candidates===
 
*{{reddot}} [[Mark Butler (Georgia)|Mark Butler]] - ''Incumbent''
 
*{{reddot}} [[Mark Butler (Georgia)|Mark Butler]] - ''Incumbent''
 
*{{bluedot}} [[Robbin Shipp]] - Attorney, former state Rep.<ref>[http://www.robbinshippforlabor.com/ ''Robbin Shipp for Labor Commissioner 2014 Official campaign website,'' "Homepage," accessed March 31, 2014]</ref>
 
*{{bluedot}} [[Robbin Shipp]] - Attorney, former state Rep.<ref>[http://www.robbinshippforlabor.com/ ''Robbin Shipp for Labor Commissioner 2014 Official campaign website,'' "Homepage," accessed March 31, 2014]</ref>
===Primary Election Results===
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====Primary Election Results====
 
*'''Republican primary''' - ''Uncontested''
 
*'''Republican primary''' - ''Uncontested''
 
*'''Democratic 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==
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==Public Service Commission (2 seats)==
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:: ''See also: [[Georgia Public Service Commission]]''
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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>
 
===Current incumbent (District 1)===
 
===Current incumbent (District 1)===
*{{reddot}} [[H. Doug Everett]] ''(Unopposed)''
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*{{reddot}} [[H. Doug Everett]] ''(Running, unopposed)''
===Primary Election Results===
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*'''Republican primary''' - ''Uncontested''
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Everett is unopposed for re-election.
*'''Democratic primary''' - ''Uncontested''
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===Current incumbent (District 4)===
 
===Current incumbent (District 4)===
 
*{{reddot}} [[Bubba McDonald]]
 
*{{reddot}} [[Bubba McDonald]]
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===General Election Candidates===
 
===General Election Candidates===
 
*{{reddot}} [[Bubba McDonald]]
 
*{{reddot}} [[Bubba McDonald]]
 
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*{{bluedot}} [[Daniel Blackman]] - Business Manager<ref>[http://danielforgeorgia.com/ ''Daniel Blackman for PSC 2014 Official campaign website,'' "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014]</ref>
===Lost in the Primary===
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====Lost in the Primary====
 
*{{reddot}} [[Craig Lutz]] - Member of Hall County Board of Commissioners<ref>[http://lutz4psc.com/ ''Craig Lutz for PSC 2014 Official campaign website,'' "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014]</ref>
 
*{{reddot}} [[Craig Lutz]] - Member of Hall County Board of Commissioners<ref>[http://lutz4psc.com/ ''Craig Lutz for PSC 2014 Official campaign website,'' "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014]</ref>
 
*{{reddot}} [[Doug Kidd]] - Attorney<ref>[http://www.dougkidd.com/ ''Doug Kidd for PSC 2014 Official campaign website,'' "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014]</ref>
 
*{{reddot}} [[Doug Kidd]] - Attorney<ref>[http://www.dougkidd.com/ ''Doug Kidd for PSC 2014 Official campaign website,'' "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014]</ref>
*{{bluedot}} [[Daniel Blackman]] - Business Manager<ref>[http://danielforgeorgia.com/ ''Daniel Blackman for PSC 2014 Official campaign website,'' "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014]</ref>
 
  
===Primary Election Results===
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====Primary Election Results====
 
*'''Republican primary'''
 
*'''Republican primary'''
 
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*'''Democratic primary''' - ''Uncontested''
 
*'''Democratic primary''' - ''Uncontested''
===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>
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==Ballotpedia reports==
 
==Ballotpedia reports==
 
*[[Superintendent primaries both headed to runoff: Georgia state executive primary elections review]] <small>May 21, 2014</small>
 
*[[Superintendent primaries both headed to runoff: Georgia state executive primary elections review]] <small>May 21, 2014</small>

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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 where necessary on July 22. Georgia election law requires a candidate to earn a majority (at least 50 percent) of the primary election vote in order to automatically move on with the party's nomination.[1] If no candidate reaches that threshold, the two candidates with the highest number of votes compete in a runoff, which, effective in 2014, will take place "on the Tuesday of the ninth week" following the primary. The timetable was revised under House Bill 310 and signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal in January 2014; Prior to 2014, runoffs were regularly held three weeks after the preceding primary.[2]

Going into the 2014 electoral cycle, all six down ballot positions are occupied by Republicans. Five of the incumbents are running for re-election. The exception, current Georgia State Superintendent of Schools John Barge (R), opted to run for governor against GOP incumbent Nathan Deal.[3] 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.

Current Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens will face Liz Johnson in November. Johnson defeated opponent Keith Heard in the Democratic primary by a commanding margin of 40 percentage points.

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.[4]

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.[5][6][7]

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
March 7, 2014 Filing deadline for candidates
May 20, 2014 Primary election
June 27, 2014 Filing deadline for independent candidates
July 22, 2014 Primary runoff election
September 2, 2014 Deadline to file as a write-in candidate for the general election
November 4, 2014 General election
December 31, 2014 Inauguration day for public service commissioners elected in general election
January 12, 2015 Inauguration day for all other state executives elected in general election

Incumbent breakdown

Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running? General Election Candidates 2014 Winner Partisan Switch?
State Superintendent of Schools John Barge
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2011 No[8] Republican Party Richard Woods
Democratic Party Valarie Wilson
Republican Party Richard Woods No
Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens
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2011 Yes[9] Republican Party Ralph Hudgens
Democratic Party Liz Johnson
Libertarian Party Ted Metz
Republican Party Ralph Hudgens No
Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black
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2011 Yes[10] Republican Party Gary Black
Democratic Party Chris Irvin
Republican Party Gary Black No
Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler
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2011 Yes[11] Republican Party Mark Butler
Democratic Party Robbin Shipp
Republican Party Mark Butler No
Public Service Commission H. Doug Everett
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2003 Yes[12] Republican Party H. Doug Everett
Libertarian Party John Monds
Republican Party H. Doug Everett No
Public Service Commission Bubba McDonald
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2009 Yes[13] Republican Party Bubba McDonald
Democratic Party Daniel Blackman
Libertarian Party Robin Aaron Gilmer
Republican Party Bubba McDonald No

State Superintendent of Schools

See also: Georgia State Superintendent of Schools

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.[14]

Current incumbent

Republican Party John Barge (Ran for governor)

Rather than seek a second term as superintendent in 2014, Barge chose to run for governor. He was defeated by incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal in the Republican primary on May 20, 2014. Barge's term expires on January 12, 2015, at which time he will have to cede the superintendent's office to his elected successor.

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.pngMike Buck 19.5% 91,435
Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Woods 16.8% 78,542
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.

Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner

See also: Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner

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.

Current incumbent

Republican Party Ralph Hudgens (Running)

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.pngLiz Johnson 69.9% 203,318
Keith Heard 30.1% 87,437
Total Votes 290,755
Election Results Via:Georgia Secretary of State Election Results.

Commissioner of Agriculture

See also: Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture

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."[32]

Current incumbent

General Election Candidates

Primary Election Results

  • Republican primary - Uncontested
  • Democratic primary - Uncontested

Commissioner of Labor

See also: Georgia Commissioner of Labor

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.

Current incumbent

General Election Candidates

Primary Election Results

  • Republican primary - Uncontested
  • Democratic primary - Uncontested

Public Service Commission (2 seats)

See also: Georgia Public Service Commission

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."[35]

Current incumbent (District 1)

Everett is unopposed for re-election.

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% 318,930
Doug Kidd 20.8% 106,738
Craig Lutz 16.9% 86,429
Total Votes 512,097
Election Results Via:Georgia Secretary of State Election Results.
  • Democratic primary - Uncontested

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References

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