Two of Georgia’s gubernatorial candidates, Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, and Democrat Jason Carter, have made national headlines. But there’s also a third candidate, Libertarian Andrew Hunt. Hunt has received much less publicity but may play a critical role.
He is an Atlanta engineer with 50 patents who was CEO of a nanotech firm. Hunt says there’s not enough diversity among elected officials. Occupational diversity, that is. Notably, both Deal and Carter are attorneys. According to recent polls, Hunt is drawing about 6 percent of the vote in the race, which appears likely to go to a runoff.
GPB News reporter Jeanne Bonner sat down with Hunt to talk about the upcoming election, his plans for education, and the value of a candidate that isn’t a career politician.
In an email to the heads of Georgia’s state agencies, Governor Nathan Deal’s Chief of Staff, Chris Riley, announced Friday that he and two other top staffers will take a leave of absence to work on the Governor’s reelection campaign.
One of the candidates at the top of the Georgia GOP’s ticket this year is 71 years old. That’s Governor Nathan Deal. He faces a 38-year-old Democratic challenger, Jason Carter. And in the contentious U.S. Senate race, Democrat Michelle Nunn has used a highly-visible TV campaign ad to show off her young family as her older Republican opponents duke it out for the primary. But many Republicans say the Democratic candidates’ youth won’t be as much of a factor in the midterm elections later this year. That’s partly because turnout in nonpresidential, off-year elections skews older.
Dubose Porter, the new leader of Georgia Democrats, exhorted the party faithful to “get ready” at a 2014 campaign kickoff luncheon Wednesday. Indeed, he even recited some of the words of the famous R&B tune. But get ready for what? A dress rehearsal for 2018? Or actually winning of the state’s highest profile elected offices?
Governor Nathan Deal said Tuesday he has set aside the final $35 million needed from the state to deepen the Savannah harbor. Deal made the announcement at a State of the Ports luncheon hosted by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.
State Senator Jason Carter’s announcement that he is running for governor in 2014 is already having a ripple effect on the ballot. Former state Senator Connie Stokes announced she will drop out of that race to make room for Carter’s campaign.
Florida Governor Rick Scott announced Tuesday his state has filed suit against Georgia in the U. S. Supreme Court over water consumption. “Georgia has refused to fairly share the waters that flow between our two states, so to stop Georgia’s unmitigated consumption of water we have brought the matter before the U.S. Supreme Court. Georgia’s over-consumption of water threatens the existence of Apalachicola Bay and the future economic development of the region,” Scott said in a written news release.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is widely expected to cruise to a second term in November. He faces two largely unknown competitors. And speculation has shifted to what he might run for next. Political experts say the answer could be the governor’s office or Congress but many questions remain.