Georgia down ballot state executive 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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Five 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.

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.[1][2][3]

Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running? General Election Candidates 2015 Winner Partisan Switch?
State Superintendent of Schools John Barge
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2011 No[4] 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[5] 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[6] Republican Party Gary Black
Democratic Party Chris Irvin
Republican Party Gary Black No
Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler
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2011 Yes[7] 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[8] 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[9] Republican Party Bubba McDonald
Democratic Party Daniel Blackman
Libertarian Party Robin Aaron Gilmer
Republican Party Bubba McDonald No

State Superintendent of Schools

Current incumbent

Republican Party John Barge



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.[15]

Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner

Current incumbent

Republican Party Ralph Hudgens


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

Republican Party Gary Black


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."[16]

Commissioner of Labor

Current incumbent

Republican Party Mark Butler


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

Republican Party H. Doug Everett


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."[17]

See also


  1. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Your Daily Jolt: John Barge kicks off gubernatorial run today," September 3, 2013
  5. Ralph Hudgens for Insurance Commissioner, "Homepage," accessed November 25, 2013
  6. Gary Black for Agriculture Commissioner 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed November 25, 2013
  7. Mark Butler for Labor Commissioner 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed April 1, 2014
  8. Georgia Secretary of State, "Qualifying Candidate Information for May 20 Primary Election: Public Service Commission," March 3, 2014
  9. Georgia Secretary of State, "Qualifying Candidate Information for May 20 Primary Election: Public Service Commission," March 3, 2014
  10. The Marietta Daily Journal, "Morgan to run for Ga. Superintendent," November 13, 2013
  11. Matt Schultz for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed November 18, 2013
  12. Nancy Jester for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed November 18, 2013
  13. Kira Willis 2014 Official campaign, "Homepage," accessed November 18, 2013
  14. Richard Woods for Superintendent 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed November 18, 2013
  15. Georgia Code, "20-2-34," accessed September 15, 2011.
  16. Georgia Department of Agriculture, "About Us," accessed September 16, 2011.
  17. Georgia Code, "46-2-20," accessed September 19, 2011.