Georgia down ballot state executive elections, 2014
July 15, 2014
November 4, 2014
Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General
Superintendent, Insurance Commissioner, Agriculture Commissioner, Labor Commissioner, Public Service Commissioner
Georgia has an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary. When runoff elections are used, voters must vote in same party's runoff election as they voted for in the first round election.
|Office||Incumbent||Assumed Office||Incumbent running?|
|State Superintendent of Schools||John Barge
||2011||No, Running for Governor|
|Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner||Ralph Hudgens
|Commissioner of Agriculture||Gary Black
|Commissioner of Labor|| Mark Butler
|Public Service Commission||H. Doug Everett
State Superintendent of Schools
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.
Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner
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
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."
Commissioner of Labor
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
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."
- ↑ The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Your Daily Jolt: John Barge kicks off gubernatorial run today," September 3, 2013
- ↑ Ralph Hudgens for Insurance Commissioner, "Homepage," accessed November 25, 2013
- ↑ Gary Black for Agriculture Commissioner 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed November 25, 2013
- ↑ Georgia Code, "20-2-34," accessed September 15, 2011.
- ↑ Georgia Department of Agriculture, "About Us," accessed September 16, 2011.
- ↑ Georgia Code, "46-2-20," accessed September 19, 2011.
State of Georgia
|State executive officers||
Governor | Lieutenant Governor | Attorney General | Secretary of State | Treasurer | State Auditor | State Superintendent of Schools | Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner | Commissioner of Agriculture | Commissioner of Natural Resources | Commissioner of Labor | Chairman of Public Service Commission |