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House Races

Georgia House Races

A look at all the 2018 races for the Georgia House of Representatives

House District 40

GEOGRAPHIC AREA

  • County: Cobb and Fulton counties
  • Metro Area/Region: NE Cobb
  • Cities/Towns/Areas: Atlanta, Mableton, Smyrna and Vinings

DEMOGRAPHIC DATA

  • Population: 54,529
  • Median Household Income: $75,500
  • Education:
    • Completed High School 27.5%
    • Completed College/Beyond 68.4%
  • Race:
    • White 63.3%
    • Black 22.2%
    • Hispanic 4.5%
    • Asian 7.8%

POLITICAL AREA

  • Congressional District(s): U.S. 11 and U.S. 13
  • Georgia Senate District: SD6 and SD38

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION RESULTS

2016 Clinton 54.52% Trump 40.56% Margin=D+14%
2012 Obama 45% Romney, 53.24% Margin=R+8.2%

DISTRICT ELECTION RESULTS

Year Candidate Percentage Vote Total
2016 Rich Golick (R)
53.51% 15,863
Erick Allen (D)
46.49% 13,781
2014 Rich Golick (R)
60.1% 11,531
Erick Allen (D)
39.85% 7,640
2012 Rich Golick (R)
100% 20,051
N/A(D)
0% 0
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CANDIDATES

Democrat Candidate

Republican Candidates

NOTES AND SUMMARY

In the 2016 election, the Democratic challenger Erick Allen came within 7 percent of defeating the incumbent, despite being outspent four to one. Hillary Clinton carried the district by 14 percent. Rich Golick, who has served for 20 years, is not running for re-election. 

In 2017, in response to Golick’s narrowing leads, Republicans planned to gerrymander the district, trying to add two predominately white districts and subtract two predominantly African-American districts (House Bill 515). These districts were dropped from the bill early on, even before the bill failed to pass, in 2017.

Erick Allen (D) is a businessman and served as executive director of talent management for the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. He has run for this office in 2014 and 2016.

Matt Bentley (R) was among the several Republicans who lost to Jen Jordan in state senate 6 special election in 2017.  He’s a 28 year-old attorney who is focused on bringing more young people into the Republican party and “preserving conservative values.”

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)

Erick Allen (D)

TOP 3 PRIORITIES IF ELECTED

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DO YOU SUPPORT LEGISLATION THAT WOULD PREVENT BUSINESS OWNERS AND EMPLOYERS FROM DENYING SERVICES TO LGBTQ PEOPLE AND OTHERS BASED ON THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS?

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DO YOU SUPPORT ENDING CASH BAIL FOR LOW-LEVEL OFFENSES? 

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DO YOU SUPPORT THE CREATION OF A NON-PARTISAN INDEPENDENT REDISTRICTING COMMISSION?

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WOULD YOU SUPPORT AN ENGLISH-ONLY CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT IF IT WERE ON THE BALLOT?

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

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DID YOU/DO YOU SUPPORT GUNS ON CAMPUS?

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DO YOU SUPPORT ELECTRICITY RATE INCREASES TO COMPLETE TWO NUCLEAR REACTORS AT PLANT VOGTLE?

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DO YOU SUPPORT CHANGING GEORGIA'S VOTING SYSTEM TO A VOTER-MARKED (PEN OR PENCIL) PAPER BALLOT WITH OPTICAL SCANNERS?

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DO YOU SUPPORT THE EXPANSION OF EARLY VOTING?

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

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DO YOU SUPPORT MEDICAID EXPANSION OR ANOTHER GEORGIA-SPECIFIC PLAN TO EXTEND HEALTH INSURANCE TO LOW-INCOME GEORGIANS?

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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 EFFORTS TO STRENGTHEN SOCIAL SECURITY FOR CURRENT AND FUTURE RETIREES AND PUT THE PROGRAM ON A MORE STABLE FISCAL PATH?

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

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Matt Bentley (R)

TOP 3 PRIORITIES IF ELECTED

No response yet

DO YOU SUPPORT LEGISLATION THAT WOULD PREVENT BUSINESS OWNERS AND EMPLOYERS FROM DENYING SERVICES TO LGBTQ PEOPLE AND OTHERS BASED ON THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS?

No response yet. 

DO YOU SUPPORT ENDING CASH BAIL FOR LOW-LEVEL OFFENSES? 

No response yet. 

DO YOU SUPPORT THE CREATION OF A NON-PARTISAN INDEPENDENT REDISTRICTING COMMISSION?

No response yet. 

WOULD YOU SUPPORT AN ENGLISH-ONLY CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT IF IT WERE ON THE BALLOT?

No response yet.

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

No response yet. 

DID YOU/DO YOU SUPPORT GUNS ON CAMPUS?

No response yet. 

DO YOU SUPPORT ELECTRICITY RATE INCREASES TO COMPLETE TWO NUCLEAR REACTORS AT PLANT VOGTLE?

No response yet. 

DO YOU SUPPORT CHANGING GEORGIA'S VOTING SYSTEM TO A VOTER-MARKED (PEN OR PENCIL) PAPER BALLOT WITH OPTICAL SCANNERS?

No response yet. 

DO YOU SUPPORT THE EXPANSION OF EARLY VOTING?

No response yet. 

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

No response yet. 

DO YOU SUPPORT MEDICAID EXPANSION OR ANOTHER GEORGIA-SPECIFIC PLAN TO EXTEND HEALTH INSURANCE TO LOW-INCOME GEORGIANS?

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 EFFORTS TO STRENGTHEN SOCIAL SECURITY FOR CURRENT AND FUTURE RETIREES AND PUT THE PROGRAM ON A MORE STABLE FISCAL PATH?

No response yet.

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

No response yet.