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U.S. Congressional Districts

U.S. District 6

GEOGRAPHIC AREA

  • County:  Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton counties
  • Metro Area/Region:  Atlanta area
  • Cities/Towns/Areas:  Alpharetta, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Doraville, Dunwoody, Johns Creek, Marietta, Milton, Mountain Park, Peachtree Corners, Roswell and Sandy Springs

DEMOGRAPHIC DATA

  • Population:  704,553
  • Median Household Income: $78,700 — significantly wealthier than median GA income
  • Highest Education Level Completed:
    • Less than High School 6.9%
    • Completed High School 30.1%
    • Completed College & Beyond:  63% (Significantly more educated than the rest of Georgia)
  • Race:
    • White 63%
    • Black 12.9%
    • Hispanic 12.1%
    • Asian 9.7%

POLITICAL AREA

  • Georgia House Districts: HD-22, HD-25, HD-37, HD-42, HD-43, HD-44, HD-45, HD-46, HD-47, HD-48, HD-49, HD-50, HD-51, HD-52, HD-79, HD-80, HD-81, HD-82, HD-86, HD-87, HD-88 and HD-95
  • Georgia Senate Districts: SD-6, SD-14, SD-21, SD-32, SD-33, SD-40, SD-41, SD-42, SD-48 and SD-56

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

2016 Clinton 46.8% Trump 48.3% Margin=R+1.5%
2012 Obama 37.5% Romney 60.8% Margin=R+23.3%
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PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

Year Candidate Percentage Vote Total
2017 Special Election Karen Handel (R)
51.8% 134,799
Jon Ossoff (D)
48.2% 125,517
2016 Tom Price (R)
61.7% 201,088
Rodney Stooksbury (D)
38.3 124,917
2014 Tom Price (R)
66.04% 18,904
Robert Mintigel (D)
33.96% 71,486

CANDIDATES

 

FOLLOW THE MONEY

During the 2017 Special Election, Karen Handel raised $6,592,834, and Jon Ossoff raised $29,517,850 per reports filed with the FEC and analyzed by FollowtheMoney.org. This does not include money raised by PACS or contributed by the parties. Though Ossoff raised far more money than Handel, she raised significantly more than Rep. Tom Price ($2,444,658) in the 2016 election.

NOTES AND SUMMARY

Though far fewer people voted in the 2017 special election than in the 2016 election, Jon Ossoff still got about the same number of votes as the relatively unknown Democratic challenger Rodney Stooksbury in the 2016 general election. Karen Handel (R) beat Ossoff (D) by 4 percent in the 2017 Special Election to replace Rep Tom Price.

Ballotpedia identified this race as one to watch, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee also included the district in its list of targets for 2018.

A conservative stronghold since 1979, the 6th ranks as the weakest conservative-leaning district in the state. While, Mitt Romney beat President Obama by 23 percent in 2012, Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by only 1.5 percent in 2016.

Karen Handel was Georgia's secretary of state from 2007 to 2010. In 2011, she was appointed senior vice president of public policy at Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a charity in the cause of fighting breast cancer, and left in 2012, following the foundation's decision to restore funding for Planned Parenthood, which she opposed.

Lucy McBath (D) is known as one of the “mothers of the movement.” She is the mother of Jordan Davis, who was shot and killed in 2012 at a gas station in Florida by a man objecting to the music he was playing in his car. She is a national spokesperson for Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Her work includes testifying in state capitols and speaking with lawmakers, activists, universities and community organizers across the county.

All statements, answers, and information found within the 159 Georgia Together voter guide were collected via an electronic survey. Due to the sheer volume of information collected and the number of candidates that submitted survey data, all of the information presented in the guide is verbatim per the input from the survey participants (including any spelling or grammatical errors).

Karen Handel (R, Incumbent)

TOP 3 PRIORITIES IF ELECTED

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WOULD YOU SUPPORT PASSAGE OF THE EQUALITY ACT, WHICH WOULD GRANT MEMBERS OF THE LGBT COMMUNITY THE SAME FEDERAL PROTECTIONS AGAINST DISCRIMINATION THAT EXIST FOR PEOPLE BASED ON RACE, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN, SEX, DISABILITY, AND RELIGION?

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DO YOU SUPPORT A CLEAN DREAM ACT THAT WOULD ALLOW FOR BOTH LEGAL STATUS FOR DREAMERS AND PROVIDE FOR A PATH TO CITIZENSHIP? 

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DO YOU SUPPORT THE RIGHT OF WORKERS TO FORM A UNION AND BARGAIN COLLECTIVELY?

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DO YOU SUPPORT A LIVABLE WAGE OF A MINIMUM OF $15 PER HOUR? 

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DO YOU/DID YOU SUPPORT UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS ON ALL GUN SALES?

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DO YOU SUPPORT INCENTIVES FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT?

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DO YOU SUPPORT PUBLIC VOUCHERS BEING USED FOR PRIVATE OR CHARTER SCHOOLS?

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DO YOU SUPPORT BUILDING ON THE SUCCESSES OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND MEDICAID?

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DO YOU SUPPORT A VOTING RIGHTS ACT THAT WOULD INCLUDE THE PRE-CLEARANCE PROVISIONS OF SECTION V FOR ALL STATES AND JURISDICTIONS?

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WILL YOU SUPPORT POLICIES AND LEGISLATION THAT INCREASE ACCESS TO REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE, INCLUDING ABORTION, AND OPPOSE POLICIES AND LEGISLATION THAT LIMIT OR REDUCE ACCESS TO REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE, INCLUDING ABORTION?

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WOULD YOU SUPPORT STRENGTHENING SOCIAL SECURITY FOR CURRENT AND FUTURE RETIREES AND PUTTING THE PROGRAM ON A MORE STABLE FISCAL PATH

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DO YOU SUPPORT THE REPEAL OF MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCING?

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Lucy McBath (D)

TOP 3 PRIORITIES IF ELECTED

Gun Violence Protection, Education and Health Care; These three issues are the ones I overwhelmingly hear about from the voters of Georgia's 6th Congressional District. As a gun violence survivor, I know first hand the pain of losing a loved one. As a two-time breast cancer survivor I understand the challenges around getting good health care and paying for it. Finally, I know how tough it is to get make certain your child receives a good education. It shouldn't be that way. We can do better, we must do better on all of these issues.

WOULD YOU SUPPORT PASSAGE OF THE EQUALITY ACT, WHICH WOULD GRANT MEMBERS OF THE LGBT COMMUNITY THE SAME FEDERAL PROTECTIONS AGAINST DISCRIMINATION THAT EXIST FOR PEOPLE BASED ON RACE, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN, SEX, DISABILITY, AND RELIGION?

Yes. 

DO YOU SUPPORT A CLEAN DREAM ACT THAT WOULD ALLOW FOR BOTH LEGAL STATUS FOR DREAMERS AND PROVIDE FOR A PATH TO CITIZENSHIP? 

No response yet. 

DO YOU SUPPORT THE RIGHT OF WORKERS TO FORM A UNION AND BARGAIN COLLECTIVELY?

No response yet. 

DO YOU SUPPORT A LIVABLE WAGE OF A MINIMUM OF $15 PER HOUR? 

No response yet.

DO YOU/DID YOU SUPPORT UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS ON ALL GUN SALES?

No response yet. 

DO YOU SUPPORT INCENTIVES FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT?

No response yet. 

DO YOU SUPPORT PUBLIC VOUCHERS BEING USED FOR PRIVATE OR CHARTER SCHOOLS?

No response yet. 

DO YOU SUPPORT BUILDING ON THE SUCCESSES OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND MEDICAID?

No response yet. 

DO YOU SUPPORT A VOTING RIGHTS ACT THAT WOULD INCLUDE THE PRE-CLEARANCE PROVISIONS OF SECTION V FOR ALL STATES AND JURISDICTIONS?

No response yet. 

WILL YOU SUPPORT POLICIES AND LEGISLATION THAT INCREASE ACCESS TO REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE, INCLUDING ABORTION, AND OPPOSE POLICIES AND LEGISLATION THAT LIMIT OR REDUCE ACCESS TO REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE, INCLUDING ABORTION?

No response yet. 

WOULD YOU SUPPORT STRENGTHENING SOCIAL SECURITY FOR CURRENT AND FUTURE RETIREES AND PUTTING THE PROGRAM ON A MORE STABLE FISCAL PATH

No response yet. 

DO YOU SUPPORT THE REPEAL OF MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCING?

No response yet.