Your guide to the leading candidates in Georgia’s special election

Democrat Jon Ossoff at an 18-candidate debate in Georgia’s special election (HENRY TAYLOR / HENRY.TAYLOR@AJC.COM)

A field of 18 candidates is running in Tuesday’s special election to represent the 6th Congressional District, which stretches from east Cobb County across north Fulton County to north DeKalb County. The seat opened when Tom Price vacated it to become President Donald Trump’s secretary of health and human services. With such a large number of candidates, a runoff is almost certain. It would be held June 20.

Read here about the last-minute campaigning and why the race is at the center of the national spotlight.

And below you can find a closer look at the candidates who have climbed above the the low single digits in various polls: Bob Gray, Karen Handel, Judson Hill, Dan Moody and Jon Ossoff.

Republican Bob Gray. Screenshot.

Bob Gray

The former Johns Creek councilman and business executive has cast himself as somebody who will work as a “willing partner” with President Donald Trump. Another Republican candidate in the race, Bruce LeVell, who led a minority outreach program for the Trump campaign, has challenged Gray’s bona fides as a supporter of the president. LeVell’s most recent charge pointed out that Gray has the backing of the conservative Club for Growth, which has been a vocal Trump critic. Gray has said that he never heard of the Club for Growth before it offered its support to him.

What was perhaps Gray’s most notable position on the City Council was his opposition to a half-cent sales tax to extend MARTA further north along Ga. 400. During a debate featuring all 18 6th District candidates, following the bridge collapse on I-85, Gray remained fairly unsupportive of MARTA, advocating for different options, including rapid bus transit, autonomous vehicles and heavy rail, depending on how densely populated an area is.


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