Mon., May 31, 2010 12:59pm (EDT)

Few Incumbents In Georgia Races
By Susanna Capelouto
Updated: 4 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Georgia voters will have a lot of selections to make come July 20th. (photo by Susanna Capelouto)
Georgia voters will have a lot of selections to make come July 20th. (photo by Susanna Capelouto)
This year a majority of Georgia’s constitutional offices have no incumbent. That’s because its current office holders are either running for higher office or quitting.

Keeping track of the moves of Georgia’s Constitutional office holder this election year is a little bit like musical chairs.

Current Attorney General Thurbert Baker is running for Governor, and so is Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine. Former Secretary of State Karen Handel is also seeking the governorship.

Meanwhile Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond wants to become a U.S. Senator.

State Superintendent Kathy Cox is leaving for a better paying job in Washington D.C. and PSC Commissioner Booby Baker is leaving politics.

Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin is retiring after more than 4 decades in the job. That makes him one of the longest serving statewide office holders in the nation.

The lack of incumbents means a lot more homework for voters. The primary elections will be July 20th.