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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.  
 
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 went to runoffs. The top two finishers in each field faced 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> Wilson was declared the Democratic nominee late on election night, however the Republican race was too close to call. With 100% precincts reporting as of July 24, Woods leads Buck by about 725 votes of almost 397,800 cast, not accounting for provisional ballots, and a recount is currently in progress to determine the official outcome.<ref>[http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/GA/52176/136986/en/summary.html ''Georgia Secretary of State Election Results'', "General Primary Runoff and General Nonpartisan Election Runoff July 22, 2014," accessed July 23, 2014]</ref> Georgia law allows candidates to request a recount in such cases where the margin is less than one percent.<ref>[http://www.ajc.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/republicans-neck-and-neck-in-superintendents-race/ngkzL/ ''The Atlanta-Journal Constitution'', "Recount looks likely in Republican superintendent race," July 23, 2014]</ref><ref>[http://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/rome/news/local/update-buck-woods-too-close-to-call-for-georgia-superintendent/article_5e65d58a-122f-11e4-ab88-0017a43b2370.html ''The Rome News-Tribune'', "UPDATE: Woods edges Buck for Georgia Superintendent Republican runoff, results within margin for recount," July 23, 2014]</ref>  
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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 went to runoffs. The top two finishers in each field faced 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> Wilson was declared the Democratic nominee late on election night, however the Republican race was too close to call. With 100% precincts reporting as of July 24, Woods led Buck by about 725 votes of almost 397,800 cast, not accounting for provisional ballots, and a recount is currently in progress to determine the official outcome.<ref>[http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/GA/52176/136986/en/summary.html ''Georgia Secretary of State Election Results'', "General Primary Runoff and General Nonpartisan Election Runoff July 22, 2014," accessed July 23, 2014]</ref> Georgia law allows candidates to request a recount in such cases where the margin is less than one percent.<ref>[http://www.ajc.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/republicans-neck-and-neck-in-superintendents-race/ngkzL/ ''The Atlanta-Journal Constitution'', "Recount looks likely in Republican superintendent race," July 23, 2014]</ref><ref>[http://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/rome/news/local/update-buck-woods-too-close-to-call-for-georgia-superintendent/article_5e65d58a-122f-11e4-ab88-0017a43b2370.html ''The Rome News-Tribune'', "UPDATE: Woods edges Buck for Georgia Superintendent Republican runoff, results within margin for recount," July 23, 2014]</ref>  
 
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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 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 went to runoffs. The top two finishers in each field faced off on July 22: Alisha Thomas Morgan and Valarie Wilson for the Democrats; Mike Buck and Richard Woods for the Republicans.[4] Wilson was declared the Democratic nominee late on election night, however the Republican race was too close to call. With 100% precincts reporting as of July 24, Woods led Buck by about 725 votes of almost 397,800 cast, not accounting for provisional ballots, and a recount is currently in progress to determine the official outcome.[5] Georgia law allows candidates to request a recount in such cases where the margin is less than one percent.[6][7]

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.[8][9][10]

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 2015 Winner Partisan Switch?
State Superintendent of Schools John Barge
John Barge.jpg
2011 No[11] Republican Party Richard Woods
Democratic Party Valarie Wilson
Republican Party Richard Woods No
Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens
Ralph Hudgens.jpg
2011 Yes[12] Republican Party Ralph Hudgens
Democratic Party Liz Johnson
Libertarian Party Ted Metz
Republican Party Ralph Hudgens No
Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black
Gary Black.jpg
2011 Yes[13] Republican Party Gary Black
Democratic Party Chris Irvin
Republican Party Gary Black No
Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler
Mark Butler.jpg
2011 Yes[14] Republican Party Mark Butler
Democratic Party Robbin Shipp
Republican Party Mark Butler No
Public Service Commission H. Doug Everett
Doug Everett.jpg
2003 Yes[15] Republican Party H. Doug Everett
Libertarian Party John Monds
Republican Party H. Doug Everett No
Public Service Commission Bubba McDonald
Bubba McDonald.jpg
2009 Yes[16] 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.[17]

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.

General election

Filed for other office

Primary Runoff

Primary Election

Primary Runoff Results

Republican runoff

Georgia State Superintendents of Schools, Republican Primary Runoff, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Woods 50.1% 199,441
Mike Buck 49.9% 198,741
Total Votes 398,182
Election Results Via:Georgia Secretary of State.


Democratic runoff

Georgia State Superintendents of Schools, Democratic Primary Runoff, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngValarie Wilson 54.4% 73,740
Alisha Thomas Morgan 45.6% 61,882
Total Votes 135,622
Election Results Via:Georgia Secretary of State.


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.

Race background

In the May 20 primary election, neither of the crowded Democratic and Republican fields for Georgia State Superintendent of Schools managed to produce a candidate with at least 50 percent of the vote in their respective primaries.[36] As a result, the top two vote-getters from each race competed in a runoff on July 22 to decide who would advance to the general election: state Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan and former Decatur School Board Chairwoman Valarie Wilson for the Democrats; chief academic officer for the state Department of Education Mike Buck and veteran Irwin County educator Richard Woods for the Republicans.[37][38][39][40]

Wilson was declared the Democratic nominee for Georgia State Superintendent of Schools over state Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan late on May 20, while the GOP runoff between Buck and Woods was too close to call.[41][42][43] [44] With 100 percent precincts fully reported the day after, excluding provisional ballots, Woods led by less than 730 votes out of about 397,800 cast—well below the one percent margin Georgia election law deems necessary to conduct a recount.[45][43] The outcome remained a mystery until Thursday, July 31, when the ensuing recount concluded that Woods had won the race by a mere 713 votes.[46]

As the sole open state executive seat in the 2014 elections, the superintendent race was expected to draw a substantial lineup of hopefuls. Outgoing incumbent John Barge, a Republican first elected Georgia's state schools chief in 2010, decided to forgo a possible re-election bid this year, instead setting his sights on the governorship. Though a crushing defeat to current Gov. Nathan Deal in the GOP primary brought an early end to Barge's gubernatorial campaign, he was unable to join in the superintendent ballot after the fact. Barge's choice was unique among the 10-man, all-Republican roster of Georgia executive incumbents, all of whom were considered likely to be re-elected, and exposed the superintendent's office as a target for Democrats looking to gain a foothold in the state's executive branch.[47][48]

The race attracted additional media attention for its relevance to the nationwide discussion about Common Core. The Georgia State Superintendent of Schools plays a critical role in the implementation of the controversial new education standards. Unsurprisingly, the top candidates all faced heavy scrutiny over their stances on the issue during their primary campaigns and the matter was a centerpiece of ensuing debates between the nominees.

Of the Republicans, Buck supported Georgia's persistent relationship with the standards, touting the stability Common Core can provide from year to year. Woods, however, expressed reservations about Common Core, saying if elected he would review both Common Core as well as the new Common Core-aligned "Georgia Milestones" testing regime currently deep in the development stage.[49]

On the Democratic side, both Wilson and Morgan supported staying the course on the state's implementation of Common Core during their primary campaigns. With that agreed upon, each candidate sought to prove she was the better qualified. Wilson, who finished first in the primary and edged out Morgan in the runoff, brought an established base of support among education authorities from her years as Decatur School Board Chairwoman and President of the Georgia School Boards Association. Wilson's campaign focused on promoting traditional public schools as well as her ample management experience. Wilson openly criticized Morgan's advocacy for school choice and voucher or school tax credit programs while serving in the state legislature.[50] Morgan more recently endeared herself to influential Democratic establishment leaders by championing a fight against an anti-Common Core bill in the state Senate.

On November 4, Woods was elected to replace Barge as superintendent. He edged out Wilson by a margin of over 10 percentage points. [49]

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."[54]

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."[57]

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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See also

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