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Newton's congressmen running for re-election
JC Henderson wants new term on Board of Commissioners
Hank Johnson Qualifies
Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., prepares qualifying documents as he runs for a new term Monday, March 5, 2018, at the State Capitol in Atlanta.

COVINGTON, Ga. — Both the men representing Newton County in Congress qualified to run for re-election.

Reps. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., and Jody Hice, R-Ga., qualified Monday, the first day of a week of open qualifying in Atlanta.

Candidates for federal, state and local offices may qualify through Friday.

The race for District 10 is already crowded after just a day.

Hice, of Greensboro, drew three challengers to his bid for a third term.

Chalis Montgomery, a teacher, and Richard Dien Winfield, a professor of philosophy, qualified as Democrats. Bradley Griffin, a CEO, qualified for the Republican primary.

Johnson, of Lithonia, drew no immediate opposition.

Early entrants in the race for governor were Republican Hunter Hill, of Atlanta, the president of Tommy Newberry Coaching, and Ringgold attorney Stacey Evans, a Democrat.

Former state Sen. Rick Jeffares, R-McDonough, who represented part of Newton County until resigning last year, qualified to run for lieutenant governor on Monday. So did state Senate President Pro Tem David Shafer, R-Duluth. Both are businessmen.

Democratic business owner Triana Arnold James, of Marietta, also qualified.

Newton County will see at least a couple of contested seats for the General Assembly.

In state Senate District 43, incumbent Tonya P. Anderson, D-Lithonia, qualified to run for re-election. She is a certified life coach and pastor. Internal auditor Joel Thibodeaux will oppose her in the Democratic primary.

In House District 109, Rep. Dale Rutledge, R-McDonough, is running for re-election. Democratic challenger Regina Lewis-Ward, an organizational development consultant from McDonough, also has qualified.

Incumbent Dave Belton, R-Buckhead, qualified to run for re-election in District 112 and drew no immediate opposition.

Rep. Pam Dickerson, D-Conyers, threw her hat in to run for a new term in House District 113. Sharon Henderson, a pastor, is running against her in the Democratic primary.

Two local Democrats qualified for county offices.

J.C. Henderson, the longest-serving member of the Newton County Board of Commissioners, qualified for the District 4 seat. He lives in Covington.

Shakila Henderson-Baker, of Oxford, qualified to run for re-election to the county Board of Education. She represents the 3rd District.

No one has qualified for the District 2 seat on the Board of Commissioners, or the District 1 or 5 seat on the Board of Education.


U.S. Representative, District 4

Democrats: Henry C. “Hank” Johnson Jr. (i)

U.S. Representative, District 10

Democrats: Chalis Montgomery, Richard Dien Winfield

Republicans: Bradley Griffin, Jody Hice (i)


Democrats: Stacey Evans

Republicans: Hunter Hill

The incumbent is Republican Nathan Deal, who cannot seek another term.

Lieutenant Governor

Democrats: Triana Arnold James

Republicans: Rick Jeffares, David Shafer

The incumbent is Republican Casey Cagle.

Secretary of State

Democrats: John Barrow

Republicans: Buzz Brockway, David Belle Isle, Brad Raffensperger

The incumbent is Republican Brian Kemp, who cannot seek another term.

Attorney General

Democrats: Charlie Bailey

Republicans: Chris Carr (i)

Commissioner of Agriculture

Republicans: Gary Black (i)

Commissioner of Insurance and Safety Fire

Democrats: Cindy Zeldin

Republicans: Jim Beck, Jay Florence

The incumbent is Republican Ralph T. Hudgens.

State School Superintendent

Democrats: Sid Chapman

Republicans: John Barge, Richard Woods (i)

Commissioner of Labor

Democrats: Richard Keatley, Fred Quinn

Republicans: Mark Butler (i)

Public Service Commissioner, District 3 (Metro Atlanta)

The incumbent is Republican Chuck Eaton.

Public Service Commissioner, District 5 (Western)

Democrats: Dawn A. Randolph, Doug Stoner

The incumbent is Republican Tricia Pridemore.

State Senate, District 17

The incumbent is Republican Brian Strickland.

State Senate, District 43

Democrats: Tonya P. Anderson (i), Joel Thibodeaux

State House, District 109

Democrats: Regina Lewis-Ward

Republicans: Dale Rutledge (i)

State House, District 110

The incumbent is Republican Andrew J. Welch.

State House, District 112

Republicans: Dave Belton (i)

State House, District 113

Democrats: Pam Dickerson (i), Sharon Henderson

Newton County Board of Commissioners, District 2

The incumbent is Democrat Lanier Sims.

Newton County Board of Commissioners, District 4

Democrats: J.C. Henderson (i)

Newton County Board of Education, District 1

The incumbent is Republican Trey Bailey.

Newton County Board of Education, District 3

Democrats: Shakila Henderson-Baker (i)

Newton County Board of Education, District 5

The incumbent is Republican Abigail Coggin.