Who is running and what is the position of the candidates on the key issues?
ATLANTE – The primaries in Georgia are looming, and after Democrats won several key races in the 2020 election, the nation’s eyes are once again on the state in the 2022 midterm elections.
The Republican primary for governor is contested with incumbent Governor Brian Kemp facing challengers, including a former senator with former President Donald Trump’s endorsement: David Perdue.
Meanwhile, Stacey Abrams is vying for the job again after defeating her in 2018. Abrams, however, will face no competition in a primary.
Here’s a look at each of the candidates to become Georgia’s next governor and where they stand on key issues.
Brian Kemp, Republican
Kemp has been seeking a second term since beating potential Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams in the 2018 gubernatorial race.
While in office, Kemp was at odds with former President Donald Trump over how he handled the 2020 election when Joe Biden narrowly won the state and Democrats won two Senate seats in the rounds. of ballot.
Polls show Kemp holds an advantage over his GOP opponents, including Trump-backed David Perdue.
Kemp lobbied to pass the state’s “Constitutional Carry” bill, which eliminates the need for concealed carry permits for gun owners.
“Great to see so much support for the 2nd Amendment, as the General Assembly considers bills to uphold this fundamental right,” Kemp tweeted in March. “I am committed to working with both the Georgia House and the Senate to bring Constitutional Carry over the finish line!”
Kemp has vocally supported the Election Integrity Act, which was passed in 2021 in response to perceived insecurity in the 2020 presidential election after President Joe Biden won the state and Democrats took the two seats in the Senate.
Kemp did not align himself with former President Donald Trump’s unproven claims of voter fraud, but he emphasized his belief that reducing the number of ballot boxes, requiring an ID card to vote by mail and changing early voting times actually made voting easier and increased election security.
Kemp spoke out against “divisive issues” in schools. He supported a bill banning the teaching of critical race theory and another banning transgender student-athletes from playing sports in high school.
Kemp’s budget plan, which passed, includes the final installment of the promised salary increase for teachers and fully funds the state’s quality basic education formula.
Kemp took an interest in school districts removing books related to LGBTQ+ issues.
“We’ll have a lot of dialogue. I think that’s something people at home should know that you know, we’re going to be very thoughtful about it and we’re talking to everyone involved. We’re talking to the parents, well sure, but we’re also talking to teachers, superintendents, school board members and people back home and I think it’s going to be a good debate for us that will move us forward as a state,” Kemp said during the interview. a visit to a school in Forsyth County.
Since Kemp has been in office, Georgia has passed legislation banning most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, about six weeks gestation.
At the time of the passage, Kemp said, “We stand up for the innocent and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.”
David Perdue, Republican
Since former President Donald Trump endorsed Perdue’s bid for governor, the former senator’s campaign has done what it can to get the message across.
That was the intention of two 2022 gatherings, one with the former president as guest of honor and the other with Donald Trump Jr.
Perdue sees himself as a “outsider“, and criticized Kemp for being reactive in some of the measures he adopted in 2022.
Perdue criticized Kemp for not pushing for a “constitutional carry” sooner.
Perdue, who lost his Senate seat to Jon Ossoff in a January 2021 runoff, echoed Trump’s claims of an illegitimate 2020 election. Before Trump arrived at a rally at Commerce in northeast Georgia, Perdue said “our 2020 election was absolutely robbed.” He accused Kemp of “selling out” Georgia voters through a series of actions, including refusing to call a special state legislative session by Jan. 6 to investigate or void the election.
Perdue suggested forming an entity to enforce election laws and an independent audit of election results before certification.
Purdue said it wanted to empower parents and offered a parent’s bill of rights similar to the one Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law this year.
Perdue said parents should have an “easy” way to sue school systems that violate their rights. It opposes critical race theory and divisive ideologies.
lost to measures supported by the public to make abortion laws stricter as a senator.
Perdue defended Georgia’s “heartbeat bill” in 2019, saying, “Life is precious and must be defended at all times.”
Kandiss Taylor, Republican
Taylor describes herself as a South Georgia native who has worked in public education as a 3rd grade teacher, counselor, testing coordinator, student services coordinator and homeless liaison.
Taylor has launched an online petition participate in the Governors’ Debates against opponents David Perdue and incumbent Brian Kemp.
Taylor says she supports constitutional carry.
Taylor said she wanted to do away with ballot boxes.
It’s unclear whether she’s advocating for the complete removal of voting machines or just machines operated by Dominion, a company that came under scrutiny from Republicans in the fallout from the 2020 election.
Taylor also said she intended to scrap mail-in ballots.
She advocated for a forensic audit of Georgia’s 2020 election.
Taylor said she was against certain concepts taught in Georgia schools, including critical race theory, comprehensive sex education and social-emotional learning.
Taylor said she intends to criminalize abortion upon proof of pregnancy, which would be the strictest abortion regulations in the United States.
Stacey Abrams, Democrat
Abrams is the only Democratic candidate to officially qualify for governor. She campaigned for the position in 2018 and lost to current Governor Brian Kemp.
A tendency to attack Abrams is something all GOP gubernatorial candidates have shared. She was criticized for removing a mask during a photo op at a Georgia elementary school. Republican candidates later slammed her for her comments at a rally, during which she said, “I did the job, now I want the job.”
His opponents were quick to mention his reluctance to immediately concede defeat to Brian Kemp in the 2018 gubernatorial election.
Abrams was quick to denounce Kemp’s push for a constitutional postponement. His campaign spokesperson called the proposal reckless and said it threatened the lives of Georgians.
Abrams’ position on the Second Amendment is tied to his public safety policy.
In an interview with FOX 5 Atlanta, Abrams said she would address this issue by working hand-in-hand with law enforcement to ensure they have the resources they need, as well as issues under underlyings such as education and the economy.
“The corollary to that is gun violence,” Abrams said. “Part of that is because Georgia weakened its gun laws under Brian Kemp, and we’ve seen an erosion of the safety of our communities. That’s not something that should be sustainable in this state. Gun safety does not mean taking away a single person’s gun or right to own it.I believe in the 2nd Amendment, but I also believe in gun safety.
Since losing the gubernatorial race in 2018, Abrams has been committed to increasing voter turnout and fighting restrictive election laws. Abrams’ organization, Fair Fight Action, took some credit for turning the once staunchly Republican state closer to a shade of “purple.”
Abrams criticized Georgia’s electoral reform, saying it disproportionately affects minority voters.
Abrams said she intends to pursue educational equity and mobility. She said it starts with scholarships for early childhood education.
It supports an institutionalized teacher pipeline and the structure to fund a permanent plan to increase teacher salaries.
Abrams advocates for a tuition-free technical college and need-based aid programs.
Abrams advocates for women and families to have the right to make their own health decisions with broad access to reproductive health care. Abrams sees Medicaid expansion as a way to address maternal and child mortality in Georgia.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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