To Be Fair, It IS Only 15 Months Away


There’s a Wikipedia page for next year’s Georgia gubernatorial election, and two of the declared names on the Republican side — Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp — are pretty well known to me.

Of the two, I lean toward Kemp, because I haven’t seen him acting like a tyrant the way Cagle has done at least once in the nearly 11 years he’s been the state’s #2 constitutional officer. Cagle is the first Republican lieutenant-governor since the office was created in the late 1940s.

Kemp is only the second Republican to serve as secretary of state here since Reconstruction — the first was Karen Handel, who previously sought the governorship and is now in Congress after this year’s special election.

Neither of the names shown on Wikipedia as declared for the Democrats is familiar to me, though state Rep. Stacey Abrams has the endorsement of NARAL.

What’s most interesting is the roster of declined candidates in both major parties. My Republican former congressman Lynn Westmoreland, for example; and perhaps the most formidable Democrat in Georgia right now, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, who is instead seeking a third term in his current job. Perhaps he, unlike Abrams, understands how some of his non-mayoral political stances would play with the statewide electorate.

I’m just hoping by the time next year’s winner is seeking re-election I’ll be voting in another state.

Update, October: I was wrong, Reed isn’t seeking a third term as mayor; Atlanta mayors are prohibited from seeking a third term.

Which makes me wonder why he’s packing it in. He never struck me as unambitious.