2018 Endorsements

The following is a list of known Democratic candidates and incumbents within Muscogee County borders who either won their races in the May 22, 2018 primary election or in the July 24, 2018 primary runoff. This list will be updated with nominated candidates as they are announced.

All willing candidates had to file between March 5, 2018 at 9:00am and March 9, 2018 at 12:00 noon to appear the Democratic primary ballot. Voter registration for the primary ended on April 24, 2018. The nominated candidates will appear on the general election ballot on November 6, 2018.

Click here to download our full Slate Card of candidates (in PDF).

Statewide Executive


Stacey Abrams
~ State House Minority Leader, Attorney, Novelist

Lieutenant Governor

Sarah Riggs Amico
~ business manager

Secretary of State

John Barrow
~ Attorney, Ex-Congressman, Ex-Clarke County Commissioner


Charles Bailey,
~ former Fulton County assistant district attorney

State School Superintendent

Otha Thornton
~ Ex-National PTA President, Iraq War Veteran, Retired Army Officer

State Agriculture Commissioner

Fred Swann
~ Software developer, insurance claims adjuster

State Insurance Commissioner

Janice Laws
~ Insurance broker

State Labor Commissioner

Dr. Richard Keatley,
~ Professor at Georgia State University, former U.S. Navy officer


Public Service Commission

(all districts are at-large and elected statewide)

PSC District 3 (Metro Atlanta)

Lindy Miller
~ businessowner

PSC District 5 (Western Georgia)

Dawn Randolph
~ former congressional aide, disability advocate


2nd Congressional district

Sanford Bishop (i)

3rd Congressional district

Chuck Enderlin
Marine Pilot, Commercial jet pilot

General Assembly

State Senate District 15

Ed Harbison (i)

Senator Ed Harbison (1993-), District 15

State Senate District 29

Valerie Haskins
~ homeschool educator, retired DoDEA educator

House District 133


House District 134


House District 135

Calvin Smyre (i)

House District 136

Carolyn Hugley (i)

House District 137

Debbie Buckner (i)

Ballot questions (Endorsements TBD)

  1. Distribution of Sales Tax Revenue from School District Referendums Amendment – Allows a school district or multiple districts with a majority of students within a county to call for a county sales tax referendum
  2. Forest Land Conservation and Timberland Properties Amendment – Revises method for determining market value of forest land and creates a timberland property class
  3. Marsy’s Law Crime Victim Rights Amendment – Adds rights of crime victims to state constitution
  4. Georgia State Business Court Amendment – Creates a business court and establishes procedures and rules for judicial selection, term length, and qualifications
  5. Revenue from Outdoor Recreation Equipment Sales Tax Dedicated to Land Conservation Fund Amendment – Creates a land conservation trust fund with 0.75 percent of revenue from sales and use taxes on outdoor recreation equipment
  6. Question A: This proposal authorizes a new homestead exemption from ad valorem taxes for municipal purposes in an amount equal to the amount by which the current year assessed value of a homestead exceeds the adjusted base year value of such homestead. This exemption would only apply to persons residing in a municipal corporation that is located in more than one county, that levies a sales tax for the purposes of a metropolitan area system of public transportation, and that has within its boundaries an independent school system. It enacts Code Section 48-5-44.1 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated. If approved by a majority of the voters, the Act becomes effective on January 1, 2019, and applies to all tax years beginning on or after that date.
  7. Question B: This proposal clarifies that the existing exemption from ad valorem taxation for nonprofit homes for the mentally disabled applies even when financing for construction or renovation of the homes is provided by a business corporation or other entity. It amends paragraph (13) of Code Section 48-5-41 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated. If approved by a majority of the voters, the Act becomes effective on January 1, 2019, and applies to all tax years beginning on or after that date.

Past Endorsements

Past Primary Candidates