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House Races

Georgia House Races

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

House District 119

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GEOGRAPHIC AREA

  • County: Clarke and Oconee counties
  • Metro Area/Region: Athens Area
  • Cities/Towns/Areas: Watkinsville, Bishop and North High Shoals

DEMOGRAPHIC DATA

  • Population: 54,333
  • Median Household Income: $48,800
  • Education:
    • Completed High School 37%
    • Completed College/Beyond 53.5%
  • Race:
    • White 77.3%
    • Black 1.4%
    • Hispanic 4.3%
    • Asian 5.3%

POLITICAL AREA

  • Congressional District(s): GA-10
  • GA Senate District: SD 46, SD 47

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

2016 Clinton 43.90% Trump 51.13% Margin=R+19.4%
2012 Obama 39.17% Romney, 58.60% Margin=R+19.4%

DISTRICT ELECTION RESULTS

Year Candidate Percentage Vote Total
2017 Special Election Jonathan Wallace (D)
56.7% 4,486
Lawton Lord (R)
19.9% 1,573
Marcus A. Wiedower (R)
17.3% 1,368
Steven Strickland (R)
6.1% 484
2016 Chuck Williams (R)
100% 19,055
None
N/A N/A
2014 Chuck Williams (R)
100% 11,476
None
N/A N/A
2012 Chuck Williams (R)
100% 15,613
None
N/A N/A

CANDIDATES

FOLLOW THE MONEY

In 2017, Progressive candidate Jonathan Wallace raised $41,593 compared to his strongest conservative opponent’s $59,326.

NOTES AND SUMMARY

Republican incumbent Chuck Williams resigned the seat when he was appointed director of the Georgia Forestry Commission in August 2017. Progressive Jonathan Wallace defeated three conservative challengers in the November 2017 special election by a margin of 13.4 percent. Hillary Clinton carried this previously reliably conservative district by 7.2 percent.

Wallace had three conservative opponents in the special election, but beat them with 57 percent of the vote. However, voter turnout was low (7,911 total votes). To protect this seat, progressive Get Out the Vote efforts will be key.

All three conservatives ran on conservative platforms of supporting Donald Trump, guns on campus, restricting transgender bathroom use, and no Medicaid expansion.

Jonathan Wallace (D), an entrepreneur who works in the technology sector, ran on ending campus carry, expanding Medicaid, anti-gerrymandering, pro-livable wage and LGBT rights.  He also campaigned for public schools and for lower auto insurance rates.

Steven Strickland (R) is a veteran and an attorney and businessman. He’s head of business services at a technology company and is running on cutting taxes and spending, promoting economic growth, infrastructure and what he calls “traditional conservative values.”

Marcus Wiedower (R) is a contractor. He and Strickland both ran against Wallace in the special election for 2017. He’s the second vice chair of the Oconee Republican Party and was appointed director of the Georgia Forestry Divison. He’s campaigning on education, transportation and no new taxes.