Election Guide

Macy Holloway

During the general election next Tuesday, Nov. 4, Georgia residents will be voting for the nominees for Georgia governor and U.S. Senate.


Michelle Nunn, from Atlanta, Ga., is running as the Democratic nominee. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and is a graduate from the University of Virginia. She is the daughter of Sam Nunn, a former U.S. senator. Nunn has been the CEO of Points of Light, a volunteer service organization derived from President George H. W. Bush’s philosophy, since 2007. Points of Light is the largest organization purposed toward volunteer service in the United States.

David Purdue, from Atlanta, Ga., is the Republican nominee for the open Senate seat. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a master’s degree in operations research and is first cousin to former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue. Perdue is well-known for his lofty career in corporate business, most notably as the former CEO of Dollar General. In the spring of 2011, Perdue started an Atlanta-based global trading firm.

Georgia Governor

Governor Nathan Deal (Incumbent), from Gainsville, Ga., is the current Republican nominee and will be running for re-election for a second term. Deal has been in Georgia’s political spotlight since he was elected to the Georgia Senate in 1980 as a Democrat. In 1995, he was elected to the House of Representatives, and when the Republicans gained control of the House in 1995, Deal joined the Republican Party. He served in the House of Representatives up until his election as Georgia Governor in 2010.

Jason Carter, from Atlanta, Ga., was unopposed for the Democratic Party’s nomination for Governor. He currently holds a Georgia state Senate seat and is the grandson of President Jimmy Carter. Carter graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University where he double majored in philosophy and political science. He later graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law with a Juris Doctor. He has been a state senator since first assuming office in 2010.