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South Fulton legislative delegation re-ups for another term
by Noreen Cochran
March 07, 2014 05:33 PM | 2587 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Almost the entire south Fulton delegation of state senators and representatives announced reelection plans by filing their qualifying paperwork with the secretary of state.

They are District 35 State Sen. Donzella James, D-Atlanta; District 38 State Sen. Horacena Tate, D-Atlanta; District 39 State Sen. and Democratic Whip Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta; District 55 State Rep. Tyrone Brooks Sr., D-Atlanta; District 60 State Rep. Keisha Waites, D-Atlanta; District 61 State Rep. Roger Bruce, D-Atlanta; District 62 State Rep. LaDawn Blackett Jones, D-Atlanta; District 63 State Rep. Ronnie Mabra, D-Fayetteville; District 64 State Rep. Virgil Fludd, D-Tyrone; and District 65 State Rep. Sharon Beasley-Teague, D-Red Oak.

Tate faces opposition in the Democratic primary from A. Reginald Crossley, an Atlanta resident and a Fulton County youth commissioner.

All others are running unopposed on May 20.

James will face Republican challenger Francisco X.R. Artley, a Douglasville minister, in November.

Likewise, Fort will defend his seat against Republican Realtor Robert W. Tindall of Buckhead.

District 16 State Sen. and Majority Leader Ronnie Chance, R-Tyrone, has decided not to run.

That leaves the field open for seven Republican hopefuls.

They are D.R. “Bob” Barnard, a builder from Fayetteville; David J. Studdard, and attorney from Fayetteville; Erik A. Manning, a project manager from Peachtree City; Gil B. Williams, a pilot from Tyrone; James W. Clifton, an attorney; M.H. “Marty” Harbin, an insurance agent from Tyrone; and W.G. “Bill” Johnston, an attorney from Griffin.

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