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Secretary of State - Raffensperger versus Barrow

This is a four (4) year seat that is currently held by Brian Kemp who is not running for re-election.

Challenger David Belle Isle was in the Republican Primary Runoff with Challenger Brad Raffensperger in July. Challengers Buzz Brockway and Josh McKoon were defeated in the Republican Primary. Challenger Brad Raffensperger defeated David Belle Isle in the Republican Run Off.

Democratic Challenger John Barrow defeated Challengers Rakeim "RJ" Hadley and Dee Dawkins-Haigler in the Democratic Primary.

Challenger Brad Raffensperger will run against Democratic Challenger John Barrow in November.

Brad Raffensperger, Republican

During my campaign I have visited all over Georgia and enjoyed the historic charm of Zebulon and the Pike County courthouse. I am running for Secretary of State to make sure that only American citizens vote in our elections, to ensure that Georgia is a great place to find a job and to build a business.

As a citizen-legislator I have always defended taxpayers, small business owners, Life and the 2nd Amendment. I am endorsed by Georgia Right to Life, Georgia Life Alliance and the only candidate with a 100% rating from the Faith & Freedom Coalition of Georgia. I have never voted for a tax increase.

The Secretary of State’s office is the lightning rod for elections. My principle is simple – Make sure that only American citizens vote. Voter protection is critical. Once a ballot is cast it should not change from the time that it leaves the voter’s hand.

The current voting machines were put into place in 2002. That’s 6 years before we had iPhones. Georgia needs the most secure updated voting technology for the next decade with a verifiable paper audit trail. We need stronger encryption to keep your private confidential voter information secure.

Currently, I represent the 50th District in the Georgia House of Representatives, where I sponsored and we passed property tax cuts for all residents and seniors.

On a personal note, I married my high school sweetheart Tricia and we chose to raise our family and build our businesses here in Georgia. I have an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering and MBA from Georgia State.

I am a registered Professional Engineer, licensed Contractor and business owner with manufacturing facilities in Columbus and Forsyth County. By providing the vision and executive management oversight my businesses now employ nearly 175 people.

I've worked and built projects in more than 35 states across the country and all over Georgia so I have seen first-hand just how easy some states make it to do business, while other states make it hard. As Secretary of State, I will make sure that Georgia is the best place to find a job and the best place to build a business.

I authored House Bill 87 to reduce red tape. This legislation provides business owners the flexibility to do multi-year business renewals for corporation registrations. As your Secretary of State, I will keep looking at innovations to streamline government regulations to expand job creation and opportunity.

The Secretary of State oversees 40 licensing boards with over 130 different licenses. Let’s only license what truly needs to be licensed and make that process fast and easy for the licensed professional so they can focus on their careers and not paperwork.

On May 22nd I am asking for your vote so I can fight for you and all Georgians to make sure that only American citizens vote in our elections, so Georgia is the best place to find a job and to build a business. Thank you.

email: Brad@BradforGeorgiaSOS.com
mobile: 770-845-3205

John Barrow, Democrat


[Note from the Editor: An email has been sent to each campaign to obtain a press release. I will update this page as I receive information.]

Updated 8.3.18