Difference between revisions of "Karen Handel"

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
m (Text replace - "," Accessed November 1" to "," accessed November 1")
m (Text replace - "f'' "" to "f'', "")
Line 61: Line 61:
 
Handel is a [[Republican]] candidate for the open [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] seat in [[Georgia]] in [[United States Senate elections in Georgia, 2014|2014]].<ref name="potentialcand">[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/05/02/kingston-joins-republican-senate-field-in-georgia/ ''Washington Post'', "Kingston joins Republican Senate field in Georgia" Accessed May 2, 2013]</ref><ref name="huffpost">[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/17/karen-handel-senate_n_3291688.html ''Huffington Post'' "Karen Handel Senate" Accessed May 17, 2013]</ref> She officially announced her candidacy on May 17, 2013.<ref name="huffpost"/>
 
Handel is a [[Republican]] candidate for the open [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] seat in [[Georgia]] in [[United States Senate elections in Georgia, 2014|2014]].<ref name="potentialcand">[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/05/02/kingston-joins-republican-senate-field-in-georgia/ ''Washington Post'', "Kingston joins Republican Senate field in Georgia" Accessed May 2, 2013]</ref><ref name="huffpost">[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/17/karen-handel-senate_n_3291688.html ''Huffington Post'' "Karen Handel Senate" Accessed May 17, 2013]</ref> She officially announced her candidacy on May 17, 2013.<ref name="huffpost"/>
  
Handel previously announced her candidacy for the [[Georgia gubernatorial election, 2010|state's 2010 gubernatorial race]] in March 2009.<ref>[http://blogs.creativeloafing.com/freshloaf/2009/03/27/karen-handel-enters-governors-race/ ''Fresh Loaf'' "Karen Handel enters governor’s race" 27 March, 2009]</ref> Undoubtedly due to potential ethical questions regarding her role as chief election official while simultaneously running for the governorship, Handel announced in late-December 2009 that she would resign as [[Georgia Secretary of State|Secretary of State]].<ref>[http://www.redstate.com/erick/2009/12/22/karen-handel-aims-to-win-the-gop-gubernatorial-nomination/ ''Red State'' "Karen Handel Aims to Win the GOP Gubernatorial Nomination in Georgia" 22 Dec. 2009]</ref> Despite placing first in the state's primary election on Tuesday, [[July 20, 2010 election results|July 20, 2010]], she fell about roughly 2,500 votes short in securing the party nomination three weeks later. In her concession speech the night of the primary runoff election, Handel endorsed her opponent, Nathan Deal, in the race against former [[Governor of Georgia|governor]] Roy Barnes.<ref>[http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2010/08/karen-handel-concedes-in-close-ga-governors-race/1 ''USA Today'' "Karen Handel concedes in close Ga. governor’s race" 11 Aug. 2010]</ref>
+
Handel previously announced her candidacy for the [[Georgia gubernatorial election, 2010|state's 2010 gubernatorial race]] in March 2009.<ref>[http://blogs.creativeloafing.com/freshloaf/2009/03/27/karen-handel-enters-governors-race/ ''Fresh Loaf'', "Karen Handel enters governor’s race" 27 March, 2009]</ref> Undoubtedly due to potential ethical questions regarding her role as chief election official while simultaneously running for the governorship, Handel announced in late-December 2009 that she would resign as [[Georgia Secretary of State|Secretary of State]].<ref>[http://www.redstate.com/erick/2009/12/22/karen-handel-aims-to-win-the-gop-gubernatorial-nomination/ ''Red State'' "Karen Handel Aims to Win the GOP Gubernatorial Nomination in Georgia" 22 Dec. 2009]</ref> Despite placing first in the state's primary election on Tuesday, [[July 20, 2010 election results|July 20, 2010]], she fell about roughly 2,500 votes short in securing the party nomination three weeks later. In her concession speech the night of the primary runoff election, Handel endorsed her opponent, Nathan Deal, in the race against former [[Governor of Georgia|governor]] Roy Barnes.<ref>[http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2010/08/karen-handel-concedes-in-close-ga-governors-race/1 ''USA Today'' "Karen Handel concedes in close Ga. governor’s race" 11 Aug. 2010]</ref>
  
 
==Political career==
 
==Political career==

Revision as of 07:23, 28 April 2014

Karen Handel
Kh-7000-HI RES.jpg
Current candidacy
Running for U.S. Senate, Georgia
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
Georgia Secretary of State
In office
2006-2010
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Next primaryMay 20, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Karen Handel (born April 30, 1962, in Nashville, Tennessee) was the Republican Georgia Secretary of State from 2006 until 2010.

Handel is a Republican candidate for the open U.S. Senate seat in Georgia in 2014.[1][2] She officially announced her candidacy on May 17, 2013.[2]

Handel previously announced her candidacy for the state's 2010 gubernatorial race in March 2009.[3] Undoubtedly due to potential ethical questions regarding her role as chief election official while simultaneously running for the governorship, Handel announced in late-December 2009 that she would resign as Secretary of State.[4] Despite placing first in the state's primary election on Tuesday, July 20, 2010, she fell about roughly 2,500 votes short in securing the party nomination three weeks later. In her concession speech the night of the primary runoff election, Handel endorsed her opponent, Nathan Deal, in the race against former governor Roy Barnes.[5]

Political career

Handel served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Vice President Dan Quayle's wife, Marilyn, in 1989 promoting breast cancer awareness. It was during this time that initiatives like October becoming National Breast Cancer Month, the National Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure was established, federal funding for breast cancer research was increased, and the Office of Research on Women's Health was established at the National Institute of Health.

She served as President and CEO of the Greater Fulton County Chamber of Commerce, where she was directly responsible for working with state, local, national and international organizations to bring job growth to north Fulton County. During her tenure, Handel discovered that the GNDC Chamber was near fiscal insolvency after an employee was found to have embezzled nearly all of the chamber's funds, and successfully managed the once-troubled organization through financial turbulence

In 2002, she was named Deputy Chief of Staff in the administration of Governor Sonny Perdue, where she served as a policy advisor and supervisor of constituent services, the Governor's Mansion, and general administration services.

Handel was elected by the public in a special election held in November 2003 to replace Mike Kenn as Chairman of the Fulton County Commission. She received both state and national media attention for exposing corruption within the sheriff's department that, in turn, led to the incumbent sheriff's resignation. It was also during her tenure that she was able to pass the strongest county government ethic policies in the state.

Elections

2014

See also: United States Senate elections in Georgia, 2014

Handel is a Republican candidate for the open U.S. Senate seat in Georgia in 2014.[1][6] She officially announced her candidacy in the election in 2014 on May 17, 2013.[2]

2010

See also: Georgia gubernatorial election, 2010
2010 Race for Governor - Republican Primary[7]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpgKaren Handel (R) 34.1%[8]
Nathan Deal (R) 22.9%
Eric Johnson (R) 20.1%
John W. Oxendine (R) 16.9%
Jeff Chapman (R) 3.0%
Ray McBerry (R) 2.5%
Otis Putnam (R) 0.4%
Total votes 678,880
2010 Race for Governor - Republican Primary[9]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Nathan Deal (R) 50.2%
Karen Handel (R) 49.8%
Total votes 578,673

2006

Portal:Elections
Congress
State executive officials
State legislatures
Elections
2006 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary[10]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Karen Handel (R) 43.6%[11]
Bill Stephens (R) 32.6%
Charlie Bailey (R) 13.8%
Eric Martin (R) 10.0%
Total votes 368,439
2006 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary Run-Off[12]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Karen Handel (R) 56.6%
Bill Stephens (R) 43.4%
Total votes 171,129
2006 Race for Secretary of State - General Election[13]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Karen Handel (R) 54.1%
Gail Buckner (D) 41.8%
Kevin Madsen (Libertarian) 4.1%
Total votes 2,063,298


Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Handel's reports.[14]

Karen Handel (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[15]July 15, 2013$0.00$154,015.08$(3,956.80)$150,058.28
October Quarterly[16]October 15, 2013$150,058.28$286,414.38$(124,495.51)$311,977.15
Year End[17]January 31, 2014$311,977$169,781$(153,836)$327,921
April Quarterly[18]April 15, 2014$327,921$295,682$(236,809)$286,795
Running totals
$905,892.46$(519,097.31)

2006

2006 Race for Secretary of State - Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,163,650
Total Raised by Primary Opponent $946,640
Total Raised by Gen. Election Opponent $463,700
Top 5 Contributors George Berkow Inc. $13,000 (1.12% of Total)
David Shafer Senate Committee. $12,000 (1.03%)
The Loose Group $10,000 (0.86%)
Roberts Properties Residential $10,000 (0.86%)
Fourth Quarter Properties XII $10,000 (0.86%)
Individuals v. Institutions $621,693 (53.4%)
$427,970 (36.8%)
In v. Outside State $1,107,903 (95.2%)
$55,747 (4.8%)

See also

External links

Georgia

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Washington Post, "Kingston joins Republican Senate field in Georgia" Accessed May 2, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Huffington Post "Karen Handel Senate" Accessed May 17, 2013
  3. Fresh Loaf, "Karen Handel enters governor’s race" 27 March, 2009
  4. Red State "Karen Handel Aims to Win the GOP Gubernatorial Nomination in Georgia" 22 Dec. 2009
  5. USA Today "Karen Handel concedes in close Ga. governor’s race" 11 Aug. 2010
  6. Atlanta Journal Constitution "Jack Kingston declares for U.S. Senate -- and Karen Handel says, 'Don't forget me'" Accessed May 2, 2013
  7. Georgia Secretary of State - 2010 Primary Election Results
  8. Even though Karen Handel received the most votes, she failed to receive over fifty percent of those votes required by Georgia state law. A runoff election between the top two vote recipients, therefore, was required to decide who went on to the general election.
  9. Georgia Secretary of State - 2010 Primary Runoff Election Results
  10. Georgia Secretary of State - 2006 Republican Primary Election Results
  11. Even though Karen Handel received the most votes, she failed to receive over fifty percent of those votes required by Georgia state law. A runoff election between the top two vote recipients, therefore, was required to decide who went on to the general election.
  12. Georgia Secretary of State - 2006 Republican Primary Run-Off Election Results
  13. Georgia Secretary of State - 2006 General Election Results
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Karen Handel 2014 Summary reports," accessed November 12, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 31, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 12, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Year End," accessed May 3, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 3, 2014


Political offices
Preceded by
Cathy Cox
Georgia Secretary of State
2007–2010
Succeeded by
Brian Kemp