Campaign 2014 set to kickoff as qualifying wraps up - WRBL

Campaign 2014 set to kickoff as qualifying wraps up

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COLUMBUS, GA - Friday marked the final day of qualifying for candidates seeking local, state and federal offices ahead of Georgia's May 20 primary.

Candidates had until noon to file their paperwork at county election offices across the state.

In Columbus, the major local race will be the one pitting incumbent Teresa Tomlinson against challenger Colin Martin for mayor. Other key local contests include several contested council and Muscogee County school board races. There is a complete list of candidates below.

As expected, Gov. Nathan Deal drew two Republican primary opponents - state School Superintendent John Barge and Dalton Mayor David Pennington. State Sen. Jason Carter is the only Democrat running for governor.

The race to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss drew seven Republicans, including three GOP congressmen, and four Democrats. Plenty of Republicans also lined up to seek the open U.S. House seats being vacated by Reps. Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston.

The state school superintendent's race proved the most crowded. The open seat drew nine Republicans and six Democrats.

Here is a complete list of those who have qualified:

Columbus/Muscogee County races:
COLUMBUS CITY COUNCIL:

Districts 1:
Zeph Baker, Jerry "Pops" Barnes (incumbent)

District 3:
Bruce Huff  (incumbent)

District 5:
Mike Baker (incumbent)

District 7:
Mimi Woodson (incumbent), Xavier McCaskey

At Large:
Judy Thomas (incumbent), Felicia Hamilton

SCHOOL BOARD:
District 2:
John Wells (incumbent), Victor Morales, John "Bart" Steed, John Thomas

District 4:
Naomi Buckner (incumbent)

District 6:
Mark Cantrell (incumbent)

District 8:
Beth Harris (incumbent), Frank Myers

At Large:
Kia Chambers, Owen Ditchfield, Nate Sanderson

Georgia State Races:
GOVERNOR
Republicans: -Nathan Deal (incumbent), -John Bargem -David Pennington III
Democrats: -Jason Carter

U.S. SENATE
Republicans: -Paul Broun, -Karen Handel, -Art Gardner, -Phil Gingrey, -Derrick Grayson, -Jack Kingston, -David Perdue
Democrats: -Steen Miles, -Michelle Nunn, -Branko "Rad" Radulovacki, -Todd Anthony Robinson

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
Republicans: -Casey Cagle (incumbent)
Democrats: -Connie Stokes

ATTORNEY GENERAL
Republicans: -Sam Olens (incumbent)
Democrats: -Greg Hecht

AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER
Republicans: -Gary Black (incumbent)
Democrats: -Christopher James Irvin

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER
Republicans: -Ralph Hudgens (incumbent)
Democrats: -Keith Heard, -Liz Johnson

LABOR COMMISSIONER
Republicans: -Mark Butler (incumbent)
Democrats: -Robbin Shipp

SECRETARY OF STATE
Republicans: -Brian Kemp (incumbent)
Democrats: -Gerald Beckum, -Doreen Carter

STATE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT
Republicans: -Mary Kay Bacallo, -Ashley Bell, -Mike Buck, -Allen Bowles Fort, -Sharyl Dawes, -Nancy Jester, -T. Fitz Johnson, -Kira Willis, -Richard Woods
Democrats: -Tarnisha Dent, -Denise Freeman, -Jurita Forehand Mays, -Alisha Thomas Morgan, -Rita Robinzine, -Valarie Wilson

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION DISTRICT 1
Republicans: -Doug Everett (incumbent)
Democrats: None

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION DISTRICT 4
Republicans: -Bubba McDonald (incumbent), -Douglas Kidd, -Craig Lutz
Democrats: -Daniel Blackman

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 1
Republicans: -Buddy Carter, -Darwin Carter, -Jeff Chapman, -Bob Johnson, -Earl Martin, -John McCallum
Democrats: -Brian Reese, -Mark Anthony Smith, -Amy Tavio

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 2
Republicans: -Vivian Childs, -Greg Duke
Democrats: -Sanford Bishop (incumbent)

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 3
Republicans: -Lynn Westmoreland (incumbent), -Chip Flanegan
Democrats: None

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 4
Republicans: None
Democrats: -Hank Johnson (incumbent), -Tom Brown

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 5
Republicans: None
Democrats: -John Lewis (incumbent)

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 6
Republicans: -Tom Price (incumbent)
Democrats: -Robert Montigel

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 7
Republicans: -Rob Woodall (incumbent)
Democrats: -Thomas Wight

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 8
Republicans: -Austin Scott (incumbent)
Democrats: None

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 9
Republicans: -Doug Collins (incumbent), -Bernie Fontaine
Democrats: -David Vogel

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 10
Republicans: -Mike Collins, -Gary Gerrard, -Jody Hice, -Donna Sheldon, -Brian Slowinski, -Mitchell Swan, -Stephen Simpson
Democrats: -Ken Dious

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 11
Republicans: -Bob Barr, -Allan Levene, -Ed Lindsey, -Barry Loudermilk, -Larry Mrozinski, -Tricia Pridemore
Democrats: None

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 12
Republicans: -Rick W. Allen, -Delvis Dutton, -John Stone, -Diane Vann, -Eugene Yu
Democrats: -John Barrow (incumbent)

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 13
Republicans: None
Democrats: -David Scott (incumbent), -Michael Owens

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 14
Republicans: -Tom Graves (incumbent), -Kenneth Herron
Democrats:None

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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