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Hogansvflle voters will Representatives since 2000. JOHN OXEN'DINE, 42, go to the polls on Tuesday, He is a graduate of Howard Norcross. Oxendine has been July 20, 2010, and will face a University and Howard Georgia's insurance commis- large number of candidates School of Law as weU as the sioner since being elected in for state offices. Candler School of Theology 1994. A native of Tucker, he The following is some at EmoryUniversity. is a lifelong resident of information on each candi- Gwinnett County. He began date for state-wide office.DUBOSE PORTER, 56, his political career as an aide Dublin. Porter has served in to Gov. George Busbee, a the Georgia House of Democrat, and also worked U.S. SENATE Representatives since he was for Busbee's successor, Joe Republican incumbent 28 years old. He is an attor- Frank Harris, who appoint- Johnny Isakson is unopposed hey in Dublin and he and his ed Oxendine chairman of the for re-nomination in the wife, Carol, publish thestate PersonneIBoard. Republican Primary and will Dublin Courier Herald. Since he began his cam- face the winner of the He is a graduate of paign for governor, Oxendine Democratic Primary, plus Davidson College and thehas been subject to several Libertarian Chuck Donovan, Cumberland School of Law. accusations of unethical in November. A unique situation is that, behavior, including a claim, Porter's wife Carol is also a recently pushed by opponent Democrata_ candidate for statewide Karen Handel, that he fun- office this year, running for neled money from political MICHAEL THOR- the Democratic nominationaction committees illegally. MOND, 57, Atlanta. for lieutenant governor. Thurmond is in his third term OTIS PUTNAM, 35, as labor commissioner. He DAVIDPOYTHRESS,66, Brunswick. An hourly was a lawyer in Athens when Atlanta, Poythress has a long employee at Wai-Mart for the he was first elected to the resume of state government past 15years, accordingtohis Georgia House of positions, including assistant website, Putnam says he was Representatives in 1986. attorney general, secretary "led by God" to run for gov- After three terms, he was of state and state labor corn- ernor. He has never held pub- appointed by then-governor missioner. He resigned as lic office. Zeli Miller to direct Miller's labor commissioner in 1998 'TCelfare-to-Work" program, to seek unsuccessfully the and was elected labor cem- Democratic nomination for missioner in 1998. governor. Since that time, he LIEUTENANT Thurmond is a graduatehas concentrated on his GOVERNOR of Paine College and of the Atlanta-based law practice. Incumbent Republican University of South Carolina A native of Macon, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is unop- School of Law. Poythress graduated fromposed for re-nomination in Emory College at Oxford and the Republican Party and Emory School of Law. He Rhonda Martini is the served in the U.S. Air force. Libertarian nominee. The Democratic Primary is the only one contested for this office. RAKEIN "RJ' HADLEY; 46, Conyers. Hadley appar- ently has no political back- ground. According to his website he is a native of New Jersey, but his family has roots in Thomasville and Conyers. He lists himself as a graduate of Dartmouth University, and lists work experience as social worker and computer software developer. GOVERNOR Seven Republicans and Seven Democrats arc seek- i g, rto i .tton f r.th l .t 'being .vaeatedby- Q-term incumbent Sonny Perdue, along with one Libertarian, John H. Monds of Cairo. Democrats THtrmSERT BAKER, 57, Atlanta. Baker has served as Georgia's attorney general since being elected in 1998. He served five terms in the Georgia House before that, serving as floor leader for ZeU Miller. A native of North CaroLina, Baker has a Bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina and law degree from Emory University in Decatur. His home is in Stone Mountain. ROY BARNES, 62, Marietta. Barnes was gover. nor of Georgia for one term, 1999-2003. He was upset by Perdue then a recent Republican convert, in the 2002 General ElectimL Barnes served eight terms in the Georgia Senate and three terms in the House of Representatives. A native of Mableton and lifelong res- ident of Cobb County, Barnes is a graduate the University of Georgia School of Law. He was an assistant district attorney in Cobb County and has practiced law in Mm-ietta in the meantime. BILL BOLTON, 62 Marietta, The little-known candidate states on his web- site "I have run for office many times and lost each, in part, because I am opposed to government favors to spe- cial interests." HIS education includes three engineering degrees from Georgia Tecl CAL CAMON, 46, Ray City. Camon has served five terms as the mayor of Ray City. He served 10 years in i the U.S. Air Force and has "Bachelor's and Master's I degrees in special educatim f from Valdosta State University. RANDAL GHAI 55, Decatur. Mangham is a legislator and lawyer from Dekalb County. He has served in the House of Republicans JEFF CHAPMAN, S0, Brunswick. Chapman has Democrats served three terms in the Georgia Senate, and was pre- TRICIA CARPENTER viously a member of the MCCRACKEN, 65, Augusta. Glynn County Commission. Virtually no information is He founded a waste dispos- available about McCracken, al company in Brunswick who has no campaign web- that was subsequently site and apparently has not bought out by Waste been interviewed by any Management Inc. Chapman news organization. continued as a division pres- ident under Waste CAROL PORTER, 51, Management's ownership. Dublin. Lane is the wife of - ................... long,time statelc% dator :.~~ NATHan.. :'~; "67, 'gubernatorial .... ~andidate Gainesvine. Deal was elect-DuBose Porter. She is listed "ed to the U.S. House of asthegeneralmanagerofthe Representatives in 1992 as a Dublin Courier Herald Democrat, but switched to Publishing Co., the company the Republican Party in1995, that publishes the newspa- He has been reelected to per of that name. Congress every two years since then. Before he ran for Congress he served in the Georgia Legislature, where ARY he was president pro tem of OF STATE the state Senate in 1993. A Two Republicans, includ- native of MiUen, he was edu- ing incumbent Brian Kemp, cated at Mercer University and five Democrats are seek- and Walter George Law ingnominationforthisoffice. School in Macon. There is a Libertarian nomi- nee, David Chastain of KAREN HANDEL, 48, Marietta. Atlanta. was elected Georgia secretary of state in 2006, but resigned in January to pursue her campaign for governor. Before being elected secretary of state, she was a chief of staff for Gov. Sonny Perdue and served on the Fulton County Commission. She was recently endorsed by former GOP vice presidential nom- inee Sarah Palin. A native of Washington, D.C., Handel grew up in Maryland and worked in sev- erai corporate positions before entering politics. ERIC JOHNSON, 56, Atlanta. Johnson has been president pro tem of the Georgia Senate since 2002,when he was elevated from minority leader as GOP took control of that house. He was first elected to the Senate in 1994, representing Savannah, after serving one term in the Georgia House. RAY MCBERRY, 42, McDonough. McBerry has never been elected to a polit- ical office but got 12 percent of the vote in the 2006 Republican Primary against Sonny Perdue, then running as an incumbent. McBerry, who runs a production company for television and radio ads, has been contro- versial for his refusal to salute the current version of the U.S. Flag and reports that he had an affair with a teenage girl. He denied those reports and they apparently have not been substantiated. Republicans BRIAN KEMP, 46, Athens. Kemp was appoint, ed to the post by Gov. Sonny Perdue to serve out the unex- pired term of Karen Handel after Handel resigned to work on her campaign for Governor. An Athens real estate speculator and gradu- ate of the University of Georgia, Kemp previously served two terms in the state Senate. DOUG MACGINNITIE, 43, Sandy Springs. MacGinnitie's only previous experience of electoral office is as a member of the Sandy Springs City Council. However, he notes in his web- site that, while a college stu- dent, he spent a summer as an intern at the White House during the Reagan Adminis- tration, and also was a clerk under Federal District Judge Stanley Wilson. After prac- ticing law for several years, MacGinnitie founded an insurance brokerage in Sandy Springs. He is a grad- uate of Dartmouth College, where he was a star soccer player. Democrats GAIL BUCKNER, Jonesboro. A 16-year veter- an of the Georgia House of Representatives, Buckner was the Democratic nominee for secretary of state in 2006, but lost in the general elec- tion. A graduate of Georgia State University, she has a degree in communicatimm. Vaaderbilt and an ,, IMIAM WlmYt#tlt 40, lira:arm'. Westlake is a seciai: , ntml :teacherand an active 'of the Georgia Amwtatka of Educators. He and master's Florida State [ a law degree _t m state. GARYHO I, .:.> Peachtree City. Horlacher has had a varied career, rate law including a stint as press sec.. Hehes retary to Gov. Roy Barnes. are He has been active in poll- nomination to tics, working on many cam- who paigns including Barnes' governor, 1998 campaign and Shirley ) Sen. Seth Franklin's2001 campalgnfor who has mayor of Atlanta. Helms practiced law for several the past lOyears. A native of )Mmm.: :- . Florida, he was raised pri- jmTI , of the nomi- marflyin FayetteCounty. He as a , wglr MarySquires attended the University of of mmppcsed in the Georgia on track and field Primary, and scholarship as distance run- umed Sinme Bruce in nor. After graduating, he pt ). Elactian. his law degree from Georgia Stat.e University. I/ICHAEL MILLS, 36, Atlanta. A public relatimu| to professional, Milk served s$ a legislative aide tosecretm of state Lewis Massey:and a press secretary for Mark "-:frtm Taylor's lieutenant governor. He is a CAIN, has operat- agency in 1984, and Decatur He has an asso. R Middle from Mercer ey player, and ratAstmry degree from Georgia .State Seminary and University. He has been Kentucky active in many political mui but does not men- social advocacy groups and, RelmblleN according to his website, Ires Gov, published a book about the mine 40, political process, will mat be mt . C/mhtm is the mag- Ib) )it( ( /judgo of Colquitt ANGEL MOORE, 47, whileCek,w kits :andrmmalawfirm Decatur. Moore has been Wmd tgtea will he. Cu ia Before earning active in Democratic Party Politicsin Dekaib Coumy uzl Atlanta and ran unsuceeu- fully for apost ontha Deluflb County Comm smn in she has a.degree fr0mthe University of the District of Columbia. law de ree st the School fertbe he was a U.S. frem Vaidosta State. GF RGANNE FIELD, 67, Atlanta, Sinkfleld is the longest serving female member of the Georgia Legislature, having first: been elected to the House of Representatives for Fulton County in 1982. She is a grad- uate of South Carolina State University and attended the Emory School of Law. She has been a chairman of the Georgia LegislativeBlack Caucus and of many legisla- tive committees. het s Three Republicans and two Democrats are running-- for attorney general, incumbent Thurbort Baker chose to run for govm'm rather than seek mmdmr term. Don Smart of Savmm is the Libertarian nomim)e, lure