The Republican field to replace Tom Price is narrowing

Rep. Tom Price, R-Roswell, at a House Budget Committee hearing in 2015. Allison Shelley/Getty Images

Rep. Tom Price, R-Roswell, at a House Budget Committee hearing in 2015. Allison Shelley/Getty Images

The beginning of the legislative session has winnowed the crowded field to replace Rep. Tom Price.

Our AJC colleague Kyle Wingfield reported this morning that state Rep. Chuck Martin is out of the running. And state Sen. Brandon Beach said he won’t run for Congress if he becomes chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, which was announced later Monday.

That leaves state Sen. Judson Hill as the only confirmed legislator running in the special election, which will be set by Gov. Nathan Deal after Price formally resigns.

House Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones and state Sen. John Albers already took themselves out of the running; Price’s wife, state Rep. Betty Price, has said it was “premature” to comment until Gov. Nathan Deal sets the vote.

Two other GOP contenders are likely to join the race: Former Secretary of State Karen Handel and ex-state Sen. Dan Moody. (Handel is not likely to enter the race until after Price’s confirmation hearing).

Dunwoody jeweler Bruce LeVell, who was head of Donald Trump’s national diversity coalition, is also considering a bid. Joseph Pond, a union plumber from Marietta, is seeking office as an independent. And several other self-styled GOP outsiders could still run.

On the Democratic side of the race, there are at least four candidates in the running: Former state Rep. Sally Harrell, attorney Josh McLaurin, one-time House aide Jon Ossoff and former state Sen. Ron Slotin.

Democrats face an uphill battle in the heavily conservative district, which stretches from east Cobb to north DeKalb. Price, who was tapped as Donald Trump’s health secretary, won it by more than 60 percent of the vote.

Read more about the race to replace Price:

A Democrat with a pile of cash commitments announces for Price’s seat

Tom Price: The Georgia lawmaker who will lead Trump’s health policy

Legislative training session a launchpad for Georgia candidates

Price’s promotion sets off a scramble to fill his north Atlanta seat

Reader Comments 0

2 comments
jtpond
jtpond

Why do you omit the other candidates that are running for #CD6? 

This article is a prime example of how the Media supports the two party system and partisan politics. The article discusses all of the Rep and Dem candidates, even the rumored ones, but does not mention the Independent (Hello!) or Libertarian. This is voter manipulation without Putin's help!

DC Dawg
DC Dawg

@jtpond Of the 435 voting members of the U.S. House of Representatives, a grand total of zero (0) are independents or Libertarians. There are many systemic and structural reasons for this, but the AJC choosing to forgo mentioning candidates with no realistic chance of even having their names on the ballot isn't one of them. While it is theoretically possible that an independent candidate could win a seat the Republican party has held since Newt Gingrich was first elected in 1978, the notion that a seat where Republicans have, on average, received 78.13% of the vote since 2002 could go to an independent candidate is extremely unlikely at best. One would have a better chance of successfully arguing that a college football team other than the winner of tonight's Alabama-Clemson game should be selected as the national champion of NCAA Division I FBS college football for the 2016 season, but I don't see the AJC covering the chances of the 3-9 Georgia State Panthers being named national champions this week either.


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