The 2018 general election is Nov. 6. Here’s a preview of the candidates who will appear in contested races at the local, state and federal level to represent Hall County residents.
Before then, Republican gubernatorial candidates Casey Cagle and Brian Kemp have to settle the primary election in a July 24 runoff because no single candidate won a majority of their party’s votes May 22.
Depending on the runoff, Cagle or Kemp will go on to face Democrat Stacey Abrams and Libertarian Ted Metz in the general election to be Georgia’s next governor.
Ballot and registration information will be available at the Secretary of State’s website as the election date nears.
U.S. House, 9th District
Doug Collins, R
Josh McCall, D
Robin Aaron Gilmer, Libertarian
Collins is an attorney and took office in 2013 to represent what is one of the most conservative districts in the country. McCall is a teacher in Gainesville making his first run for public office. Gilmer lives in Dawsonville and is a financial auditor. He put in an unsuccessful bid for a Georgia Public Service Commission seat in 2014.
State House, District 29
Matt Dubnik, R
Maria Palacios, D
Nancy Stead, independent
Dubnik first took office in 2017 and runs a Gainesville marketing firm with his wife, Katie Dubnik. Stead is a retired physician. Palacios works for the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials and put in an unsuccessful bid for the Gainesville City Council in 2017. The secretary of state ruled she is unqualified to run for office because she has not been a United States citizen for two years; the ACLU has appealed, arguing that her legal residency in the state trumps U.S. citizenship. Palacios will only appear on the ballot if the state is overruled by the courts in Fulton County.
State House, District 30
Emory Dunahoo, R
Alana Watkins, D
Dunahoo first took office in late 2011 and works in the poultry industry. Watkins is a graduate of Brenau University with a background working with Gannett Publishing. She now works as a teacher at Athens Technical College.
Hall County Board of Commissioners, District 1
Kathy Cooper, R
Michael W. Parker, D
Cooper has run a cattle, egg and Christmas tree farm off of Union Church Road for more than 30 years with her husband. She first took office in 2014. Parker is a retired resident of Flowery Branch.
Hall County Board of Education, at-large
Bill Thompson, R
Stephanie Lopez-Burgos, D
Thompson has been on the board for more than five years and worked in the county school system as a teacher and principal for 32 years. Lopez-Burgos works in customer service and lives in Flowery Branch.
Hall County Board of Education, Post 2
Mark Pettitt, R
William Wallace, D
Pettitt is a 2016 graduate of the University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus, a United Parcel Service supervisor and chairman of the Hall County Library System Board of Trustees. Wallace is a father of four, including one attending a Hall County school. He worked with the New York and Atlanta police departments and is now a security officer at a private boarding school in Sandy Springs.
Compiled by Nick Bowman, Shannon Casas and Joshua Silavent