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House Races

Georgia House Races

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

House District 101

GEOGRAPHIC AREA

  • County: Gwinnett County
  • Metro Area/Region: Atlanta 
  • Cities/Towns/Areas: Lawrenceville and Suwanee

DEMOGRAPHIC DATA

  • Population: 56,572
  • Median Household Income: $54,000
  • Education:
    • Completed High School 47%
    • Completed College/Beyond 40%
  • Race:
    • White 42%
    • Black 22%
    • Hispanic 18%
    • Asian 13%

POLITICAL AREA

  • Congressional District(s): GA-7
  • GA Senate District: SD-5, SD-9, SD-45 and SD-48

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

2016 Clinton 54% Trump 42% Margin=D+12%
2012 Obama 47% Romney 51% Margin=R+4%
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DISTRICT ELECTION RESULTS

Year Candidate Percentage Vote Total
2016 Sam Park (D)
51.10% 10,671
Valerie Clark (R)
48.9% 10,211
2014 Valerie Clark (R)
100% 9,240
None
N/A N/A
2012 Valerie Clark (R)
56.3% 10,492
Timothy Swiney (D)
43.7% 8,156

CANDIDATES

FOLLOW THE MONEY

Rep. Sam Park raised $70,051 for the 2016 election; his incumbent opponent raised $109,725. Over half of Park’s contributions were uncoded, and he contributed $5,000 toward his campaign. 
Clark’s top donors were her husband, other candidate campaigns, and donors affiliated with the health industry. 

NOTES AND SUMMARY

Sam Park defeated the Republican incumbent in 2016 by 2% (460 votes), on a small budget. He is an Asian-American Attorney and lifelong Gwinnett resident, who is focused on healthcare issues and transportation and wants to expand Medicaid. Clinton won this district by 12 percentage points.

Valerie Clark, the Republican who had held this position for three cycles and was then defeated by Parks, is challenging him in 2018 in an effort to reclaim the seat.  Before she became a representative, Clark was a middle school teacher and principal.  She’s running on a platform of lowering taxes and improving public transportation.  When she announced in February, she had $54,000 on hand.

HD 101 is a diverse Gwinnett County district that is now "majority-minority" (42 percent white). Park beat the incumbent, even though she raised almost $40,000 more than he did. It should be possible to hold this district with strong voter turnout and additional fundraising. 

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).

Sam Park (D, Incumbent)

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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Valerie Clark (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.