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Liveblog: New Candidates Join 2012 Ballot

The rest of this week is sure to bring a few unexpected candidates as judges and partisan politicians pay their fees and officially put their names on the 2012 ballot for local, state and national offices.

The rest of this week is sure to bring a few unexpected candidates as judges and partisan politicians pay their fees and officially put their names on the 2012 ballot for local, state and national offices.

4:30 p.m. update:

After the first of three days for qualifying for the 2012 ballot, south Fulton's candidates are starting to write their checks and officially start the running.

All 14 of Georgia's seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are on this year's ballot, as are all 236 seats in the state Legislature. Some judges and district attorneys are on the ballot, as well as Fulton County Tax Assessor, Sheriff and others.

Most state legislature races are walk-overs, or nearly walk-overs, with incumbents having the advantage of name recognition and campaign dollars in the bank. This year, seats in the state legislature and U.S. Congress have been redrawn to rebalance district populations based on 2010 U.S. census counts. The result is that most districts are very safe for either the Republicans or the Democrats. The biggest fight, if any, will be between candidates of the same party ahead of July primaries.

Qualifying closes on Friday, May 25 at noon.

U.S. Representative, District 5 

Howard Stopeck 
623 Orme Cir, Ne 
Atlanta, GA  30306-3653 
E-Mail: gowithsto@hotmail.com Party: Republican  
Age: 73 
Occupation: Attorney Retired 
Website: www.gowithsto.com 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Michael Johnson 
PO Box 7456 
Atlanta, GA  30357 
E-Mail: 

michael@michaeljohnsonforcongress.com

Party: Democratic  
Age: 43 
Occupation: Superior Court Judge 
Website: www.michaeljohnsonforcongress.com 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 John Lewis  (Incumbent) 
P.O. Box 2323 
Atlanta, GA  30301 
E-Mail: leslie@johnlewisforcongress.com Party: Democratic  
Age: 72 
Occupation: U.S. Representative 
Website: http://johnlewisforcongress.com 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Public Service Commission, District 3 - Metro-Atlanta 

Chuck Eaton  (Incumbent) 
P.O. Box 53235 
Atlanta, GA  30355 
E-Mail: chuck@chuckeaton.org Party: Republican  
Age: 43 
Occupation: Sales 
Website: www.chuckeaton.org 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Stephen Oppenheimer 
P.O Box 79152 
Atlanta, GA  30357 
E-Mail: steveforgeorgia@gmail.com

Party: Democratic  
Age: 57 
Occupation: Retired 
Website: steveforgeorgia.com 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012


State Legislature:

State Senator, District 35 

Donzella James  (Incumbent) 
3800 Pittman Rd 
Atlanta, GA  30349-1435 
E-Mail: donzellajj@gmail.com Party: Democratic  
Age: 64 
Occupation: Retired 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Detrius Hill Jones 
8300 Campbellton Fairburn Rd 
Fairburn, GA  30213-4208 
E-Mail: electdetriusjones@gmail.com Party: Democratic  
Age: 46 
Occupation: Insurance Services 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

 

State Senator, District 36 

Nan Orrock  (Incumbent) 
1070 Delaware Ave SE 
Atlanta, GA  30316 
E-Mail: nan.orrock@earthlink.com Party: Democratic  
Age: 68 
Occupation: Non-profit Executive 
Website: www.nanorrock.com 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

State Senator, District 38 

Reginald Crossley 
270 Lawrence Pl 
Atlanta, GA  30349 
E-Mail: senator.crossley@gmail.com Party: Democratic  
Age: 27 
Occupation: Program Director/Youth Commissioner 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Horacena Tate  (Incumbent)
201 Joseph E Lowery Blvd, NW 
Atlanta, GA  30314-3244 
E-Mail: HoracenaTate38@bellsouth.net Party: Democratic  
Age: 56 
Occupation: Trainer/Training Software-Management/Consultant 
Website: www.HoracenaTate.com 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

State Senator, District 39 

Vincent Fort  (Incumbent) 
P.O. Box 42894 
Atlanta, GA  30311 
E-Mail: senatorfort@gmail.com Party: Democratic  
Age: 56 
Occupation: Teacher 
Website: www.vincentfort.com 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

 

State Representative, District 53 

Jason F.Esteves 
P.O. Box19962 
Atlanta, GA  30325 
E-Mail: jason@jasonesteves.comjason Party: Democratic  
Age: 28 
Occupation: Attorney 
Website: jasonesteves.com 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Sheila Jones  (Incumbent) 
3246 Amhurst Drive, NW 
Atlanta, GA  30318 
E-Mail: info@sheilajones.org Party: Democratic  
Age: 56 
Occupation: Lockheed Martin Company 
Website: www.sheilajones.org 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

State Representative, District 55 

Tyrone Brooks (Incumbent)
Station A, Box 11185 
Atlanta, GA  30310-0185 
E-Mail: supaty@bellsouth.net

Party: Democratic  
Age: 66 
Occupation: Civil Rights Worker/President-T. Brooks & Assoc. 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

 

State Representative, District 56 

Kenneth Britt 
145 15th St, Ne
1201 
Atlanta, GA  30309-3560 
E-Mail: kenbritt@kenbritt.com Party: Democratic  
Age: 63 
Occupation: Retired, Executive Director Alston & Bird LLP 
Website: www.kenbritt.com 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 "Able" Mable Thomas 
765 Jones Ave, NW 
Atlanta, GA  30314-3824 
E-Mail: mthomas949@gmail.com Party: Democratic  
Age: 54 
Occupation: Program Developer 
Website: www.ablemable.com 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

 

State Representative, District 57 

Pat Gardner  (Incumbent) 
668 E. Pelham Road 
Atlanta, GA  30324 
E-Mail: pat@patgardner.org Party: Democratic  
Age: 72 
Occupation: Executive Director and Teacher, Retired 
Website: www.patgardner.org 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

State Representative, District 58 

Simone Bell  (Incumbent) 
795 Marcus St, Se 
Atlanta, GA  30316-1227 
E-Mail: simonebell@comcast.net Party: Democratic  
Age: 42 
Occupation: Consultant 
Website: www.simonebell.com 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Earl Cooper 
PO Box 54862 
Atlanta, GA  30308 Party: Republican  
Age: 48 
Occupation: Sales 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

State Representative, District 59 

Margaret D Kaiser  (Incumbent) 
504 Hill Street SE 
Atlanta, GA  30312 Party: Democratic  
Age: 45 
Occupation: Self-Employed 
Website: www.margaretkaiser.com 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

State Representative, District 60 

Antonio Lewis 
30 Bromack Dr, Se 
Atlanta, GA  30315-6500 Party: Democratic  
Age: 25 
Occupation: Consultant 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

 

Keisha Sean Waites  (Incumbent) 
P.O. Box 3249 
Atlanta, GA  30302 
E-Mail: seanwaites@hotmail.com Party: Democratic  
Age: 39 
Occupation: Emergency Manager 
Website: www.keishawaites.com 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

 

State Representative, District 61 

Roger Bruce  (Incumbent) 
410 Stone Arbor Court 
Atlanta, GA  30331 
E-Mail: rbruce5347@aol.com Party: Democratic  
Age: 59 
Occupation: Businessman 
Website: www.rogerbruce.net 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

*Independent candidates for the state Legislature qualify in June.

Supreme Court Justice, Statewide

Carol W. Hunstein  (Incumbent) 
No Address Available

E-Mail: clwhunstein@gmail.com Party: Non-Partisan  
Age: 67 
Occupation: Justice, Supreme Court 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Harold D. Melton  (Incumbent) 
No Address Available
Party: Non-Partisan  
Age: 45 
Occupation: Justice, Supreme Court 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Appeals Court Judge, Statewide

Keith R. Blackwell  (Incumbent) 
No Address Available
Party: Non-Partisan  
Age: 36 
Occupation: Judge of the Court of Appeals 
Website: www.judgeblackwell.com 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Stephen Dillard  (Incumbent) 
No Address Available
Party: Non-Partisan  
Age: 42 
Occupation: Judge 
Website: judgedillard.com 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 John Ellington  (Incumbent) 
P.O. Box 636 
Soperton, GA  30457 Party: Non-Partisan  
Age: 51 
Occupation: Judge, Court of Appeals 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 M. Yvette Miller  (Incumbent) 
No Address Available
Party: Non-Partisan  
Age: 56 
Occupation: Judge, Court of Appeals 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Herbert Phipps  (Incumbent) 
No Address Available

Party: Non-Partisan  
Age: 70 
Occupation: Judge, Court of Appeals 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Michael P. Boggs  (Incumbent) 
No Address Available

E-Mail: mike@judgeboggs.com Party: Non-Partisan  
Age: 49 
Occupation: Judge, Court of Appeals 
Website: www.judgeboggs.com 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

 

Superior Court Judge, Atlanta Circuit

T. Jackson Bedford, Jr.  (Incumbent) 
2625 Piedmont Road Suite 56-412 
Atlanta, GA  30324 Party: Non-Partisan  
Age: 68 
Occupation: Judge Superior Court 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Kimberly Esmond Adams  (Incumbent) 
Post Office Box 3267 
Atlanta, GA  30302 Party: Non-Partisan  
Age: 45 
Occupation: Judge, Superior Courts of Georgia 
Website: ww.electjudge.com 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Alford J. Dempsey, Jr.  (Incumbent) 
Fulton County Superior Court
185 Central Ave. Suite T 5855 
Atlanta, GA  30303 Party: Non-Partisan  
Age: 65 
Occupation: Judge, Superior Court 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Doris L. "Dee" Downs  (Incumbent) 
No Address Available
Party: Non-Partisan  
Age: 57 
Occupation: Judge of Superior Court 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Ural Glanville  (Incumbent) 
440 Hope Court SW 
Atlanta, GA  30311 
E-Mail: uglanville@yahoo.com Party: Non-Partisan  
Age: 49 
Occupation: Judge 
Website: www.judgeural.com 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 John J. Goger  (Incumbent) 
No Address Available
Party: Non-Partisan  
Age: 65 
Occupation: Judge, Superior Court 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Todd Markle 
137 W Wesley Rd, Nw 
Atlanta, GA  30305-3525 Party: Non-Partisan  
Age: 47 
Occupation: Judge of the Superior Court 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Constance C. Russell  (Incumbent) 
No Address Available
Party: Non-Partisan  
Age: 54 
Occupation: Judge 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Wendy L. Shoob  (Incumbent) 
185 Central Avenue, SW
Suite 7905 
Atlanta, GA  30303 Party: Non-Partisan  
Age: 58 
Occupation: Judge, Superior Court 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

 

District Attorney, Atlanta Circuit 

Paul Howard  (Incumbent) 
1280 Regency Center Drive 
Atlanta, GA  30331 
E-Mail: paul.howard@fultoncounty.ga.gov Party: Democratic  
Age: 60 
Occupation: Attorney 
Date Qualified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Fulton County offices

State Court Judge

Myra Dixon, incumbent, not yet opposed

Wesley Tailor, incumbent, not yet opposed

Melynee Leftridge, not yet opposed

Diane Bessen, incumbent, not yet opposed

John Mather, incumbent, not yet opposed

Patsy Porter, incumbent, not yet opposed

Susan Edlein, incumbent, not yet opposed

Probate Court Judge

Pinkie Toomer, incumbent, not yet opposed


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