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Your early voting guide to the May 22 primary

Here is your 11Alive early voting guide to the upcoming May 22 primary election

ATLANTA -- Early voting for the May 22 primary elections starts on Monday, April 30 across Georgia.

In the primaries, most statewide and local races will be up for grabs, including those for governor and the general assembly. Other statewide races will include lieutenant governor, secretary of state and other state cabinet posts. Most counties will have commissioners' posts and education boards open for election. Some counties will include judicial posts open.

U.S. congressional candidates will also be chosen for each party during this primary election.


Who is running?


Georgia's current governor, Nathan Deal, is nearing the end of his second term, and by law is not permitted to serve more than two terms. The field is wide open with candidates running to replace him.


Stacey Abrams - Ex-state house minority leader, attorney and novelist

Stacey Evans - Ex-state representative and attorney


Casey Cagle - Lieutenant governor and ex-state senator

Eddie Hayes - Restaurant owner

Hunter Hill - Ex-state senator, civil engineer and Afghan War veteran

Brian Kemp - Secretary of state, ex-state senator and businessman

Clay Tippins - Business consultant and Iraq War veteran

Marc Urbach - Teacher and conservative activist

Michael Williams - State senator, businessman and Trump campaign activist

Lieutenant Governor

Georgia's current lieutenant governor, Casey Cagle, is running for the Republican nomination as governor, opening the field for a number of candidates to replace him.


Sarah Riggs Amico - Businesswoman

Triana Arnold James - Pastor, businesswoman and Army veteran


Geoff Duncan - Ex-state representative, health care executive and ex-pro baseball player

Rick Jeffares - State senator, ex-Henry County commissioner and ex-Locust Grove city manager

David Shafer - State senate president pro tempore, ex-state GOP executive eirector and Businessman

Secretary of State

Current Secretary of State Brian Kemp is among those running for governor, which also opens a field for those who wish to replace him.


John Barrow - Ex-congressman, ex-Clarke County commissioner and attorney

Dee Dawkins-Haigler - Ex-state representative, minister and political consultant

R.J. Hadley - Rockdale County tax commissioner, Democratic activist and 2010 U.S. Senate candidate


David Belle Isle - ex-Alpharetta mayor, ex-Alpharetta city councilman and attorney

Buzz Brockway - State representative, ex-Gwinnett County GOP chair and businessman

Josh McKoon - State senator and attorney

Brad Raffensperger - State rep., ex-Johns Creek city councilman and civil engineer

Attorney General

Only two candidates are running for attorney general, including incumbent Republican Chris Carr, there's also Democratic candidate Charlie Bailey.

State School Superintendent


Sid Chapman - State teachers union president, ex-teacher and pastor

Sam Mosteller - Pastor, army veteran and civll rights activist

Otha Thornton - Ex-national PTA president, Iraq War veteran and retired Army officer


Richard Woods - Incumbent candidate

John Barge - Ex-state schools superintendent, educator and 2014 gubernatorial candidate

Sonia Francis-Rolle - Educational consultant and ex-teacher

State Agriculture Commissioner

Only two major candidates are running for state agriculture commissioner, including incumbent Republican Gary Black, there is also Democratic candidate Fred Swann.

State Insurance Commissioner

Incumbent Republican State Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens has held the office since 2011, and prior to that had been a member of the Georgia General Assembly, holding offices in both the Senate and House dating back to 1996. He announced last year that he would be retiring from political office and not running for re-election during this cycle.


Janice Laws - Insurance agency owner

Cindy Zeldin - Non-profit group executive and consumer health care advocate


Jim Beck - Ex-deputy insurance commissioner, ex-insurance agent and conservative activist

Jay Florence - Deputy insurance commissioner, attorney and ex-state legislative aide

Tracy Jordan - Hoschton City Council, realtor & pharmacist

State Labor Commissioner


Mark Butler - Incumbent candidate


Richard Keatley - College Professor and 2017 U.S. representative candidate

Fred Quinn - Financial manager analyst

US Congress

Georgia's congressional delegation has been primarily Republican for the past several cycles, but with questions rising about President Trump and his policies, there have been many to wonder whether or not some of the congressional seats would become potential battlegrounds in the fall.

During the primaries, districts that would not have had Democratic challengers will likely see one or more candidates show up this election cycle.

District 1


Buddy Carter - Incumbent


Lisa Ring - Bryan County democratic chair and ex-corrections officer

Barbara Seidman - Retiree

District 2


Sanford Bishop - Incumbent


Herman West Jr. - Pastor, businessman and Vietnam War veteran

District 3


Drew Ferguson - Incumbent

Philip Singleton - Retired Army officer and Iraq War veteran


Chuck Enderlin - Airline pilot and USMC veteran

Rusty Oliver - Teacher

District 4


Hank Johnson - Incumbent candidate

Juan Parks - Marine JROTC instructor and Afghan War veteran


Joe Profit - Businessman, minister and ex-pro football player

Melanie Williams - Property manager

District 5


John Lewis - Incumbent candidate

District 6


Karen Handel - Incumbent candidate


Kevin Abel - Businessman and community activist

Steven Griffin

Bobby Kaple - Ex-TV news anchor and journalist

Lucy McBath - Gun control activist, businesswoman and retired airline flight attendant

District 7


Rob Woodall - Incumbent candidate

Shane Hazel - Business development manager and Iraq War veteran


Kathleen Allen - Risk manager and progressive activist

Carolyn Bourdeaux - Ex-state senate budget director and ex-congressional aide

Melissa Davis - Government budget analyst and community activist

David Kim - Learning Center chain CEO and community activist

Ethan Pham - Attorney and ex-software developer

Steve Reilly - Attorney, Army veteran, democratic activist and 2012 nominee

District 8


Austin Scott - Incumbent candidate

Vance Dean - Self-employed and GOP activist

Danny Ellyson - Businessman and disabled Iraq War veteran

District 9


Doug Collins - Incumbent candidate


Dave Cooper - Freelance journalist, retired Army soldier and Iraq War veteran

Josh McCall - Teacher

District 10


Jody Hice - Incumbent candidate

Bradley Griffin - Digital marketing company CEO, landscaping contractor and Army veteran

Joe Hunt - Restaurant chain executive


Tabitha Johnson-Green - Nurse

Chalis Montgomery - Educational consultant and minister

Richard Winfield - College professor, author and Democratic activist

District 11


Barry Loudermilk - Incumbent candidate


Flynn Broady Jr. - Attorney, retired Army soldier and Iraq War veteran

District 12


Rick Allen -Incumbent candidate

Eugene Yu - Businessman, ex-police officer, Army veteran and 2014/2016 candidate


Robert Ingham - Tax preparer

Francys Johnson - Ex-state NAACP president, attorney and minister

Trent Nesmith - Roofing company owner and non-profit group founder

District 13


David Scott - Incumbent candidate


Femi Akinkugbe - TSA security guard and Army veteran

David Callahan - Part-time driver, home renovator and ex-printer

District 14


Tom Graves - Incumbent candidate


Steven Foster - Physician and businessman

When can you vote?

Primary election day itself will be Tuesday, May 22. Any necessary runoffs will come on Tuesday, July 24. Early voting starts on Monday, April 30 and ends on Friday, May 18.

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Where can you vote?

Early voting locations in each county will differ from your local voting location for Election Day. Each county's information is listed below:

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