2016 Candidates

Please view the official sample ballot for voters as provided to Muscogee County by the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office.

The November 8, 2016 General Election will include many political offices, including those of U.S. President, U.S. Vice President and U.S. Senator for Georgia.

The November 8, 2016 General Election will also include all races not decided by the Primary. The Democratic Party of Georgia and the Muscogee County Democratic Party will announce endorsements at certain intervals prior to both the primary and general elections in 2016.

2016 Candidates

The following is a list of our candidates endorsed by primary vote by the MCDP, the Democratic Party of Georgia and the Democratic Party of the United States.

The Qualifying Week for Local and State candidates has passed for 2016; it was held from March 7-11, 2016, and ended at 5:00pm on March 11. The presidential primary was held across Georgia on March 1, 2016.

We welcome all of our candidates to observe our principles as a party and our expectations for candidates.

President of the United States (to succeed Barack Obama)

Office Sought Status Name Email Website Facebook Twitter
President Challenger Hillary Clinton Contact Website Facebook Twitter

Vice-President of the United States (to succeed Joseph Biden)

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Vice-President Challenger Timothy Kaine Contact Website Facebook Twitter

U.S. Senate (to challenge Johnny Isakson)

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U.S. Senate Challenger Jim Barksdale Contact Website Facebook Twitter

U.S. Representative, District 2

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U.S. Representative, District 2 Incumbent Sanford Bishop Contact Website Facebook Twitter

U.S. Representative, District 3

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U.S. Representative, District 2 Challenger Angela Pendley Contact Website    

State Senate, District 15

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State Senate, District 15 Incumbent Ed Harbison Contact Website Facebook Twitter

State Senate, District 29 (to challenge Josh McKoon)

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State Senate, District 29 Challenger Ben Anderson Contact      

State Representative, District 135

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State Representative, District 135 Incumbent Calvin Smyre Contact   Facebook Twitter

State Representative, District 136

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State Representative, District 136 Incumbent Carolyn Hugley Contact Website Facebook Twitter

State Representative, District 137

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State Representative, District 137 Incumbent Debbie Buckner Contact Website Facebook Twitter

Clerk of Superior Court (to succeed Linda Pierce)

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Clerk of Superior Court Challenger Ann Lytle Hardman     Facebook  

State Court Solicitor

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State Court Solicitor Incumbent Suzanne Goddard Contact      

Judge of Municipal Court

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Judge of Municipal Court Incumbent Steven D. Smith Contact      

Clerk of Municipal Court

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Clerk of Municipal Court Incumbent Vivian Creighton-Bishop Contact Website    

Marshal

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Marshal Incumbent Gregory D. Countryman Contact  Website    

Coroner

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Coroner Incumbent Buddy Bryan      Facebook  

Tax Commissioner

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Tax Commissioner Incumbent Lula Lunsford Huff        

Judge of Probate Court

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Judge of Probate Court Incumbent Marc D’Antonio Contact      

Sheriff (to challenge John Darr)

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Sheriff Challenger Donna Tompkins Contact Website  Facebook  

2016 Issues

Proposed Constitutional Amendment 1

aka “Opportunity School Districts”

Subtitle: “Provides greater flexibility and state accountability to fix failing schools through increasing community involvement”

Ballot Language Status Party Position
“Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow the state to intervene in chronically failing public schools in order to improve student performance?” State No

Proposed Constitutional Amendment 2

Subtitle: “Authorizes penalties for sexual exploitation and assessments on adult entertainment to fund child victims’ services.”

Ballot Language Status Party Position
“Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow additional penalties for criminal cases in which a person is adjudged guilty of keeping a place of prostitution, pimping, pandering, pandering by compulsion, solicitation of sodomy, masturbation for hire, trafficking of persons for sexual servitude, or sexual exploitation of children and to allow assessments on adult entertainment establishments to fund the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund to pay for care and rehabilitative and social services for individuals in this state who have been or may be sexually exploited?” State  N/A

Proposed Constitutional Amendment 3

Subtitle: “Reforms and re-establishes the Judicial Qualifications Commission and provides for its composition, governance, and powers.”

Ballot Language Status Party Position
“Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to abolish the existing Judicial Qualifications Commission; require the General Assembly to create and provide by general law for the composition, manner of appointment, and governance of a new Judicial Qualifications Commission, with such commission having the power to discipline, remove, and cause involuntary retirement of judges; require the Judicial Qualifications Commission to have procedures that provide for due process of law and review by the Supreme Court of its advisory opinions; and allow the Judicial Qualifications Commission to be open to the public in some manner?” State No

Proposed Constitutional Amendment 4

Subtitle: “Dedicates revenue from existing taxes on fireworks to trauma care, fire services, and public safety.”

Ballot Language Status Party Position
“Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to provide that the proceeds of excise taxes on the sale of fireworks or consumer fireworks be dedicated to the funding of trauma care, firefighter equipping and training, and local public safety purposes?” State  N/A

Special Election: Thaw the Freeze

Ballot Language Status Party Position
“Shall the Act be approved which eliminates the current base year assessed value homestead exemption for purposes of Muscogee County school and consolidated city-county government ad valorem taxes for homestead property acquired after January 1, 2017?” City-County Neutral

Past Endorsements

Past Primary Candidates