Atlanta Press Club Debate Schedule

2014 Gubernatorial Election Coverage

Governor Deal: No Need To Debate Primary Opponents, I Stand On My Record

We know Governor Nathan Deal's staffers are paying attention to our political coverage at GPB.

Last week, we profiled Deal's Republican opponents for the gubernatorial nomination —...

Barge Centers Gubernatorial Run On Education, Economic Development

Georgia voters go to the polls in less than two weeks for the state’s earliest primary vote on record. They will select between three Republicans in the race for governor: incumbent Nathan Deal,...

Pennington Touts Business Experience, Outsider Perspective In Governor's Race

Georgia voters are two weeks away from the state’s earliest primary vote on record. Two Republicans are challenging incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal in that primary. One is former Dalton Mayor David...

Poll: Georgia Might Be Ready For Democratic Leadership

Georgia might be ready for a change in political leadership, according to a new survey from Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville.

Republican Governor Nathan Deal is up...

From Press Conference To Screaming Match: A Political Event's Descent Into Raucous

A campaign event Wednesday afternoon turned into a screaming match as Republican gubernatorial candidate and former Dalton Mayor David Pennington held a news conference inside the state Capitol....

Governor Deal Announces Two Paths For Medical Marijuana Research In Georgia

Georgia's medical marijuana bill failed in the final hours of this year’s legislative session, but children with seizure disorders may now have a glimmer of hope.

Thursday afternoon,...

Governor Deal Distances Himself From Verdict In Ethics Commission Trial

Gov. Nathan Deal distanced himself Sunday from a case in Fulton County Superior Court involving the investigation into ethics allegations against his 2010 campaign.

On Friday, a jury...

Deal Expected To Veto Few Bills

Gov. Nathan Deal has until April 29 to sign or veto bills passed this year by the state legislature. But some experts say he may not veto anything.

That’s partly because Deal works...

What's An 'NRA Democrat'?

Last month, 119 state legislators in the House voted for a sweeping gun bill that, if Gov. Nathan Deal signs it into law, would loosen restrictions on taking firearms into churches, government...

2014 Gubernatorial Candidates


Nathan Deal*(R)

Nathan Deal is the current governor of Georgia. His platforms are education and job creation. Bragging Rights: "Making Georgia #1 place in the nation to do business."/ Additional Info (from Gov. Deal's website): Deal served in the U.S. Army at Fort Gordon in Augusta. His record of public service as a prosecutor, judge, state senator, U.S congressman, and governor, spans four decades.

The Sandersville native and son of educators earned his law degree at Mercer University. He and his wife, Sandra, a Hall County public school teacher, settled in her hometown of Gainesville. The Deals have been married 47 years and have four adult children and six grandchildren.


David E. Pennington, III (R)

Current occupation: insurance agent/ Founder Advanced Insurance Strategies
Former Mayor of Dalton
Platforms: job creation/
Bragging Rights/ Slogan: Georgia’s “principled conservative”
Background: Was Mayor of Dalton, GA until he resigned in early March. He began serving as mayor in 2008. Economics major from the University of Georgia


John D. Barge (R)

Platforms: Advancing through education
Bragging Rights: “career began in public classrooms of Georgia”/ “I am a lifelong educator and not a politician”
Background: doctorate degree from University of Georgia
Occupation: State School Superintendent


Jason Carter (D)

Currently state Senator
Platforms: “I am running for Governor because I believe in Georgia at its best.”
Additional info from website: In the Senate, Jason has fought for public education and to protect the HOPE Scholarship for Georgia families all across the state. He has worked to make sure that small businesses get the same benefits that big companies do, earning him an “A” from the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business-Georgia for his work in the Senate in 2012. He has been a tireless advocate for stronger ethics laws to make sure that Georgia has an honest government that works for everyone.

* Denotes incumbent

Atlanta Press Club Georgia Governor (Republican) Debate

Wednesday May 14th 2014 7:00pm

    Three candidates

  • John Barge
  • Nathan Deal (incumbent)
  • David Pennington

Candidates are invited to face off before a live studio audience. The winner of this high-profile primary faces Democrat Jason Carter in November’s general election.