Top Georgia Republican in danger of losing her seat — here's why
State Rep. Jan Jones, first elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in the early 2000s, has not had a problem being reelected.
Jones defeated Democratic opponent Anthia Carter by 32 percent in 2020. And in 2022, Democrats didn't even have an opponent to run against Jones in her district is in the Atlanta suburbs.
But in article published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on September 18, reporters Adam Van Brimmer, Greg Bluestein, Patricia Murphy and Tia Mitchell lay out some reasons why Georgia Democrats believe that Jones could be vulnerable in 2024.
Georgia Democrats, they report, "are banking on an epic political shift in the north Atlanta suburbs where Jones has long dominated."
On September 18, Democrat Debra Shigley formally announced that she is seeking her party's nomination to run for that Georgia House seat. Shigley, according to the AJC reporters, "said she entered the race to oppose Republican-led efforts to expand school vouchers, restrict abortions and roll back gun limits."
"An overhaul of the political lines could boost Shigley, who is expected to lean on her community ties," Van Brimmer, Bluestein, Murphy and Mitchell explain. "She is active in the local PTA and Planned Parenthood Southeast. Her campaign said she's the first Black Jewish woman to seek legislative office in state history."
The reporters add, "Shigley enters with support from key Democratic leaders in a race that starts with a primary against Anthia Carter, who lost to Jones in 2020. Among Shigley's backers are State Rep. Esther Panitch, a Sandy Springs resident and the only Jewish member of the General Assembly, and DeKalb District Attorney Sherry Boston."
Read the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's full report at this link (subscription required).
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