Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Wanted: Democratic Candidate for Georgia Senate 2020

Democrats are still searching for a strong candidate to run for the soon to be vacant senate seat of  Republicans Johnny Isakson who's stepping down due to health reasons.

The party so far have Former Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, Former Lt. Governor candidate and Business Executive Sarah Amico. Also Jon Ossoff who ran for congress back in 2017 who raised a record $32 million dollars in the special election for Ga-6 and Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry. That maybe the field for that race against incumbent David Perdue.

But the other senate seat is what giving many Democrats headaches.  For one, the bench is relatively thin so they need to attract someone who's been in Georgia Politics for years, decades. They gotta start somewhere.

Stacey Abrams who lost the race for governor by a razor slim margin have said she will not make a run for the Senate. So with her out of the picture, where do democrats turn?

Names that have been mentioned so far are

Ed Tarver, a moderate black democrat who served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia and U.S. Army Veteran

Lindy Miller who ran for PSC Commissioner back in 2018

Michael Thurmond, Dekalb CEO and former Labor Commissioner

Dekalb County D.A. Sherry Boston

Jen Jordan, State Senator

Now the logic among some Democrats that a Black Democrat is needed in the other Senate race to boost black voter turnout. Black voters, I believe will turn out to vote regardless who is the nominee.

Now let's take a look at some candidates who should get a look:
James Butler

Demetrius Douglas
*State Rep. Demetrius Douglas (D-Stockbridge) UGA Alum, where he was also a Linebacker. He's currently a Real Estate Wholesaler and High School Football Coach and briefly played in the NFL and CFL

*State Rep. Brian Prince (D-Augusta) (Ret.) U.S. Army Signal Officer and CEO of Brock's Driver Education School

*Macon District Attorney David Cooke

*James "Jim" Butler, Prominent Trial Lawyer, Founding Partner of Butler Wooten & Peak, UGA graduate and Philanthropist. His name have been mentioned before for office. Why not now?

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