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US SENATE

Each state, regardless of population or size, has two senators. Currently, there are 100 senators representing the 50 states. Each senator is elected at-large in their state for a six-year term, with terms staggered, so every two years approximately one-third of the Senate is up for election.

Georgia’s Current Senators are:

Senior Senator

David Perdue (R) 

Took office Jan 6, 2015,

up for reelection this year.

Junior Senator (Appointee),

Kelly Loeffler (R),

Took office Jan 6, 2020

up for election this year.

Race for Sen. David Perdue’s Senate Seat:

Republican: Incumbent Senator David Perdue faces no Republican challenger for his Senate seat, and this race will not appear on the Republican Ballot in the June 9 Primary Election. In the Nov. 3 General Election, Sen. Perdue will face the winner of the Democratic Primary Election, as well as Libertarian Candidate Shane Hazel 


Democrat: There are seven Democratic candidates for Sen. Perdue’s Senate seat that will appear on the Democratic Ballot in the June 9 Primary Election. If no candidate secures a majority of the votes in the June 9 Election, a Primary Election Run-off will be held on August 11. In the Nov. 3 General Election, the winner of the Democratic Primary Election will face Republican Incumbent David Perdue, as well as Libertarian Candidate Shane Hazel 

The seven Democratic candidates are:

  • Sarah Riggs Amico

  • Marckeith DeJesus

  • Maya Dillard Smith

  • James Knox

  • Tricia Carpenter McCracken

  • Jon Ossoff

  • Teresa Tomlinson


Libertarian: Candidate Shane Hazel faces no Libertarian challenger in this race. In the Nov. 3 General Election, Hazel will face Incumbent David Perdue and the winner of the Democratic Primary Election.

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Republican:

Incumbent Senator David Perdue

PO BOX 12077

ATLANTA GA 30355

E-mail: david@perduesenate.com

OCCUPATION: BUSINESSMAN

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Democrat:

Sarah Riggs Amico

E-mail: sarah@sarahforgeorgia.com

PHONE NUMBER: (404) 436-5125

OCCUPATION: EXECUTIVE CHAIRPERSON

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Open Secrets Page (Race Overview)

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Marckeith DeJesus

E-mail: marckeith@votedejesus.com

PHONE NUMBER: (404) 618-4009

OCCUPATION: HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL

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Maya Dillard Smith

E-mail: mds@mayaforgeorgia.com

OCCUPATION: CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER

FORMER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR GEORGIA ACLU

FORMER COMMISSIONER - CALIFORNIA COMMISSION ON JUDICIAL PERFORMANCE

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James Knox

P.O. BOX 1442

EVANS GA 30809

E-mail: info@knox4senate.com

PHONE NUMBER: (706) 829-3388\

OCCUPATION: VETERAN, U.S. AIR FORCE (RETIRED)

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Tricia Carpenter McCracken

OCCUPATION: JOURNALIST

BallotPedia Page

There is no FEC finance report for this candidate's Senate campaign;

There is a finance report for a 2016 campaign for a House seat:

Federal Election Commission Finance Report including contributors

Jon Ossoff

PO BOX 450326

ATLANTA GA 31145

E-mail: ellen.foster@electjon.com

PHONE NUMBER: (678) 333-3218

OCCUPATION: JOURNALIST

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Teresa Tomlinson

3201 MACON RD SUITE 139

COLUMBUS GA 31906

E-mail: teresa@teresatomlinson.com

PHONE NUMBER: (706) 225-9158

OCCUPATION: ATTORNEY

Campaign website

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Libertarian

Shane Hazel

P.O. BOX 752

WALESKA GA 30183

E-mail: shane@shanehazel.com

PHONE NUMBER: (470) 839-5453

OCCUPATION: SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

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BallotPedia Page

There is no FEC finance report for this candidate's Senate campaign;

There is a finance report for a 2017 campaign for a House seat:

Federal Election Commission Finance Report including contributors

Race for Sen. Kelly Loeffler’s Senate Seat:

On November 3, 2020, there will be a special election to fill the remaining two years of the six-year term that Johnny Isakson (R) was elected to in 2016.  A general runoff election, if needed, is scheduled for January 5, 2021. The filing deadline for this election was March 6, 2020.

Isakson said that he would resign at the end of 2019 on August 28, 2019, citing his health. On December 4, 2019, Gov. Brian Kemp (R) appointed Kelly Loeffler (R) to fill the seat Loeffler is running in the election.

Loeffler will serve until the special election winner takes office in January 2021.

 

The special election winner will serve until the 2022 general election winner takes office in January 2023.

Loeffler’s Senate seat will not have a primary election, and will not appear on any ballot for the June 9 Primary Election. All candidates, including Incumbent Loeffler and all candidates, regardless of party, will vie for the seat in the Special Election, to be held on Nov. 3 in conjunction with the General Election.

 

Currently, there are 21 candidates who have filed to run for the Special Election for Loeffler’s senate seat, including Loeffler and Doug Collins, who currently serves as the U.S. Representative for the 9th Congressional District, which serves Stephens County.

 

Both Loeffler and Collins are Republican, the remaining 19 candidates are split between four Republicans, eight Democrats, one Libertarian, four Independents, one Green Party candidate, and one write-in candidate.

ConnectLocal will provide further coverage of these candidates prior to the Dec. 3 Special Election.

US house of representatives

 

The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. 

 

Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. Representatives are also called congressmen/congresswomen. All representatives serve until the end of the current Congress on Jan 3, 2021.

There are currently 14 Congressional Districts in Georgia; Stephens County is in Congressional District #9, which also includes Banks, Dawson, Elbert, Fannin, Franklin, Gilmer, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison, Rabun, Towns, Union, and White counties. Parts of Clarke, Forsyth, and Pickens counties also lie within the district. The population of District 9 is 714,378. 

 

Upon completion of the 2020 census, Georgia will draft and enact new US Congressional district maps as well as new district maps for the state House and Senate. In Georgia, both congressional and state legislative district lines are drawn by the state legislature. A simple majority in each chamber is required to approve redistricting plans, which are subject to veto by the governor.

The current District 9 congressman/Representative is:

Rep. Doug Collins (R),

Took office Jan. 3, 2013 

Not running for re-election

(Challenging Sen. Kelly Loeffler for her US Senate seat)

Race for Georgia's 9th congressional district Seat:

Republican: There are nine candidates who will appear on the Republican Ballot in the June 9 Primary Election. If no candidate secures a majority of the votes in the June 9 Election, a Primary Election Run-off will be held on August 11. In the Nov. 3 General Election, the winner of the Republican Primary Election will face the winner of the Democrat Primary Election. There are currently no minor-party or write-in candidates who have filed to run in the Nov. 3 General Election for the 9th Congressional Seat.

The nine Republican candidates are:

  • Michael Boggus

  • Paul C. Broun

  • Andrew Clyde

  • Matt Gurtler

  • Maria Strickland

  • Kevin Tanner

  • Ethan Underwood

  • Kellie Weeks

  • John Wilkinson

Democrat: There are three candidates who will appear on the Democratic Ballot in the June 9 Primary Election. If no candidate secures a majority of the votes in the June 9 Election, a Primary Election Run-off will be held on August 11. In the Nov. 3 General Election, the winner of the Democratic Primary Election will face the winner of the Republican Primary Election. There are currently no minor-party or write-in candidates who have filed to run in the Nov. 3 General Election for the 9th Congressional Seat.

The three Democratic candidates are:

  • Devin Pandy

  • Brooke Siskin

  • Dan Wilson

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Republican:

Michael Boggus

513 CHAMBERS RD

COMMERCE GA 30530

E-mail: mikeboggus79@yahoo.com

OCCUPATION: CRANE OPERATOR

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Paul C. Broun

1221 KNOB CREEK DR

HIAWASSEE GA 30606 - 7040

E-mail: paul@paulbroun.com

OCCUPATION: PHYSICIAN

Campaign website

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GovTrack Page 

On The Issues Page

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OpenSecrets Accountability Page

There is no FEC finance report for this candidate's 2020 House Campaign. There is a finance report for a 2020 fundraising committee  and FEC Finance reports for previous election cycles.

 

Broun has been investigated for campaign finance issues and his former Chief of Staff indicted. Expense fund issues were also reported.

Andrew Clyde

P.O. BOX 888

JEFFERSON GA 30549

E-mail: andrew@clyde4congress.com

OCCUPATION: CEO CLYDE ARMORY

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Open Secrets Page (Race Overview)

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Matt Gurtler

PO BOX 43

TIGER GA 30576

E-mail: matt@mattgurtler.com

OCCUPATION: GENERAL CONTRACTOR

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Maria Strickland

2800 SCENIC DRIVE #4302

BLUE RIDGE GA 30513

OCCUPATION: RETIRED

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Kevin Tanner

PO BOX 1885

DAWSONVILLE GA 30534

E-mail: kevinktanner@gmail.com

PHONE NUMBER: (678) 776-5059

OCCUPATION: POULTRY FARMER/LIGHT COMMERCIAL CONTRACTOR

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Ethan Underwood

PO BOX 605

CUMMING GA 30028

E-mail: ethan@voteethanunderwood.com

OCCUPATION: ATTORNEY

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Kellie Weeks

130 JOHN W MORROW JR PKWY SUTIE C

GAINESVILLE GA 30501 - 8530

E-mail: kellie@georgiagunstore.com

OCCUPATION: GUN STORE OWNER

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John Wilkinson

P.O BOX 2227

TOCCOA GA 30577

E-mail: john@votewilkinson.com

OCCUPATION: EDUCATOR/FARMER

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Democrat:

Devin Pandy

P.O. BOX 82456

ATHENS GA 30601

E-mail: devinpandyforcongress@gmail.com

OCCUPATION: RETIRED ARMY

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Brooke Siskin

P O BOX 94

NORCROSS GA 30071

E-mail: brookesiskin1@gmail.com

OCCUPATION: SMALL BUSINESS OWNER

WEBSITE: www.brookeforgwinnett.com

BallotPedia Page

There is no FEC finance report for this candidate's 2020 House Campaign. 

Dan Wilson

E-mail: danwilsonforcongress@gmail.com

OCCUPATION: RETIRED

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US Congressional Compensation

The compensation for most Senators, Representatives, Delegates, and the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico is $174,000 - more than three times the amount of money the median U.S. household earns. The only exceptions include the Speaker of the House (salary of $223,500) and the President pro tempore of the Senate and the majority and minority leaders in the House and Senate (salary of $193,400).

 

Members of Congress receive salaries only during the terms for which they are elected. They do not receive salaries beyond their terms of office. Members of Congress do not receive additional compensation for service on committees, and they are not eligible for housing or per diem allowances for expenses incurred in Washington, DC

 

Expense Allotments

 

Representatives

The Members’ Representational Allowance (MRA) is available to support Representatives in their official and representational duties. The MRA may be used for official expenses including staff, travel, mail, office equipment, district office rental, stationery, and other office supplies. The MRA is also subject to a number of restrictions. For example, the MRA may not be used to defray any personal or campaign-related expenses.

The MRA for each Representative is calculated based on three components, including personnel, which is the same for each Member ($944,671 for each Member in 2019); Official office expenses, which varies among Members due to variations in the distance between a Member’s district and Washington, DC, and the cost of General Services Administration office rental space in the district; and Official (franked) mail, which varies among Members based on the number of nonbusiness addresses in the district.

The three components are combined and result in a single MRA authorization for each Representative that can be used to pay for any type of official expense. For example, each Representative can choose how much to allocate to travel versus personnel or supplies.

 

At the start of 2017, each Member’s MRA was equivalent to that Member’s 2016 amount ... increase[d ... by approximately 3.9% of the average MRA. In June 2017, all MRAs were increased by $25,000 in response to heightened security concerns; In 2018, each Member’s MRA was increased again by $25,000and in 2019, each Member’s MRA increased by 1% from the 2018 level. 

 

In 2019, MRAs ranged from $1,320,585 to $1,498,546, with an average of $1,382,329.

2017 - $1,251,177 min, $1,315,523 mean, $1,433,709 max

2018 - $1,307,510 min, $1,368,520 mean, $1,483,709 max

2019 - $1,320,585 min, $1,382,329 mean, $1,498,546 max

 

 

Senators

For senators, their version of the MRA is called the SOPOEA. Like the MRA, this account can be used to pay for staff salaries and office-related expenses such as mailings, travel reimbursements and supplies. Senators also use these accounts to maintain their district offices. As with representative allowances, the SOPOEA cannot be used to pay for campaign-related expenses. The Congressional Research Service notes the accounts ranged from $2.96 million to $4.69 million in 2012, with an average of $3.2 million.

The Senators’ Official Personnel and Office Expense Account (SOPOEA) is available to assist Senators in their official duties. The allowance is provided on a fiscal year basis (i.e., October 1- September 30). Funding is provided in the annual legislative branch appropriations bills. Senators have a high degree of flexibility to use the SOPOEA to operate their offices in a way that supports their congressional duties and responsibilities, and individual office spending may be as varied as the states from which the Senators are elected. The SOPOEA for each Senator is calculated based on three variables—the administrative and clerical assistance allowance, the legislative assistance allowance, and the official office expense allowance. The formula results in a single, consolidated allowance for each Senator that can be used to pay for any type of approved official expense, subject to any regulations or limitations established by statute, Senate rules, the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, and the Senate Ethics Committee.

The allowance is provided for the fiscal year. The preliminary list of SOPOEA levels contained in the Senate report accompanying the FY2020 legislative branch appropriations bill (S. 2581, S.Rept. 116-124), shows a range of $3,436,535 to $5,421,200. The average allowance is $3,738,775.

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