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Government Affairs Report

Penny Moceri,
AAA Director of
Government Affairs

Chelsea Juras,
AAA Government
Affairs Representative

Haydon Stanley,
State Legislative

Katie Roberts,
Director of
Government Affairs
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It's getting harder and harder to tell, but 2017 is
not actually an election year in Georgia.
It all started February 10 when the US Senate
confirmed Tom Price as the United States
Secretary of Health and Human Services in
President Donald Trump's new administration.
At the time of his confirmation, Price
represented Georgia's sixth congressional
district in the US House, a seat previously held
by Johnny Isakson and Newt Gingrich.
The April 18 special election to fill this
vacancy attracted a staggering 18 individuals.
After no one secured a majority of the vote,
voters in the sixth district were treated to
another nine grueling weeks of political ads
that pitted former Secretary of State and
gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel against
Democrat political newcomer Jon Ossoff. With
weeks to go before the June 20 runoff, this had
already become the most expensive House race
in US history, with more than $30 million spent
in television advertising alone.
State Senate district 32 also needed filling
after Judson Hill resigned to run for Price's
seat. Republican Kay Kirkpatrick won that seat
in the May 16 runoff and was quickly sworn in
as the district's new senator. Kirkpatrick is an
orthopedic surgeon and former president of
Resurgens Orthopaedics.
The vacant congressional seat isn't the only
prize for those eyeing higher office. Governor
Nathan Deal cannot run for reelection in 2018,
having completed the maximum two terms.
The open governorship will cause significant
upheaval as people around the state consider
their next political move.
Already, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, Secretary
of State Brian Kemp, and state Senators
Mike Williams and Hunter Hill have announced
they will run for Governor as Republicans.
House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams is
running on the Democratic ticket. Others are
certain to announce in the coming weeks.
Eyeing the vacant post of Lt. Governor is
the Senate's current second-ranking official,
pro tempore David Shafer. Republican
Representative Geoff Duncan also intends
run for this seat. Two Republicans in the state
House have announced they will seek the
Secretary of State job: Brad Raffensperger

and Buzz Brockway. Expect a number of other
legislators and political activists to kick the
tires on a statewide run too.
Several other legislators have also
announced they simply aren't running
again, including Senator Josh McKoon
and Representative Paul Battles. As each
incumbent resigns or seeks higher office,
vacancies are created and another open seat
becomes available. The open gubernatorial
seat will affect state politics throughout all
levels of government.
Unlike Georgia's Governor, other
constitutional officers are not term-limited
and can seek reelection in 2018. Those include
Attorney General Chris Carr, Agriculture
Commissioner Gary Black, Insurance and
Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens,
Labor Commissioner Mark Butler and State
Superintendent of Schools Richard Woods.
At the time of this writing, none had publicly
announced their intentions.
Also on the 2018 ballot will be Public
Service Commission Districts 3 and 5
(currently occupied by Chuck Eaton, Stan Wise
respectively) as well as all of Georgia's fourteen
congressional seats in the US House.
Even with all these races, November 2018 is a
long way off. What's the rush?
Federal law requires a minimum 45-day
waiting period between an election and a
run-off so that ballots can be received and cast
by overseas voters. For the sake of efficiency,
the election calendar for state offices mirrors
the federal election schedule whenever feasible.
This waiting period dictates that candidate
qualifying happens earlier in the cycle, setting
up the following 2018 election schedule:
Candidate Qualifying
March 5-9
Primary Election
May 22
Primary Run-Off Election
July 24
General Election
November 6
General Run-Off
 Election (state)
December 4
General Run-Off
 Election (federal)
January 8, 2019
While November 2018 is still more
than a year away, the first hurdle occurs
in the Primary Election, less than a


Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Habitat - July/August 2017

Chair’s Message
Legal Corner
Social Media Marketing in Multifamily
Curb Appeal
Government Affairs
Up Close
AAA Education
Foundation Update
Volunteer’s Corner
AAA Gold Patron Member Profile: Renter’s Reference Services
AAA Gold Patron Member Profile: BELFOR
New Members
Advertisers’ Index
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Habitat - July/August 2017 - Up Close
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