Friday, May 25, 2012

Vernon Jones wants to return to the Gold Dome and other interesting qualification tidbits

Posted By on Fri, May 25, 2012 at 3:47 PM

MISSED YOU Jones qualifies to run for open House seat
The flamboyant and fabulous former DeKalb County CEO is among the five Democrats who qualified this week to run for an open Georgia House of Representatives seat.

Joining Jones, whose last attempt at public services was a failed U.S. Senate campaign, in the race for the office: Karen Bennett, a businesswoman; Patricia Bourdeau, a teacher; field collector Tony Lentini; and Jaye Peabody, a nonprofit executive director and counselor. All the candidates listed Snellville addresses except for Bennett, who's from Stone Mountain. Jones listed his occupation as "consultant" and gave the Georgia Secretary of State's office an Atlanta PO Box address.

Intown congressional and Gold Dome races to watch include:

CONGRESS

* Congressional District 5: Michael Johnson, a former Fulton County judge, will try and unseat Congressman John Lewis, the longtime liberal lion and icon of the Civil Rights movement. The winner of the July 31 primary will face Republican Howard "Go With Sto" Stopeck, a 73-year-old retired attorney who has probably the best website and platform we've seen thus far. Readers who manage to sit through the 15-minute video about his platform will win a gold star. The clip is below is part one of two.

HOUSE

* District 56: Kenneth Britt, a former law firm executive director and longtime community activist from Midtown, challenges "Able" Mabel Thomas, a former state representative and longtime neighborhood advocate for English Avenue and Vine City, in the Democratic primary for state Rep. Kathy Ashe's old seat in the true-blue district. Whoever wins the race wins the seat, as no Republican qualified.

* District 57: State Rep. Rashad Taylor, D-Atlanta, and state Rep. Pat Gardner, D-Atlanta, are vying for the same new district concocted by Republicans during last summer's redrawing of political maps. No Republican qualified for the seat.

* District 58: We're hearing that the Democratic primary contest between state Rep. Ralph Long, D-Atlanta, and state Rep. Simone Bell, D-Atlanta, who were also drawn into the same district, might also turn out to be interesting. The winner of that contest will challenge Republican Earl Cooper in November.

* District 59: And down in Grant Park and thereabouts, incumbent state Rep. Margaret Kaiser, D-Atlanta, will face William Phelps, a 28-year-old Democrat who works in transportation management. Like most intown races, there will be no Republican challenger.

SENATE

* District 6: A trio of Republicans have lined up to challenge incumbent state Sen. Doug Stoner, D-Smyrna, in November. Among the names: Josh Belinfante, an attorney who served as legal counsel to former Gov. Sonny Perdue; businessman Drew Ellenburg; and commercial security professional Hunter Hill.

Other races to watch? Leave 'em in the comments.

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