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Georgia House Races

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

House District 151

GEOGRAPHIC AREA

  • County: Henry County
  • Metro Area/Region: Albany Area
  • Cities/Towns/Areas: Albany, Arlington, Blakely, Cuthbert, Damascus, Dawson, Edison, Fort Gaines, Jakin, Leary, Lumpkin, Morgan, Richaland and Shellman

DEMOGRAPHIC DATA

  • Population: 53,409
  • Median Household Income: $31,500
  • Education:
    • Completed High School 53%
    • Completed College/Beyond 19.9%
  • Race:
    • White 39.1%
    • Black 56.1%
    • Hispanic 3.1%
    • Asian 0.6%

POLITICAL AREA

  • Congressional District(s): GA-2
  • GA Senate District: SD-11 and SD12

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

2016 Clinton 52.05% Trump 46.87% Margin=D+5.2%
2012 Obama 56.09% Romney 43.44.81% Margin=D+12.7%

DISTRICT ELECTION RESULTS

Year Candidate Percentage Vote Total
2016 Gerald Greene (R)
62.13% 12,675
Kenneth Zachary Jr. (I)
37.87% 7,726
2014 Gerald Greene (R)
55.1% 8,636
Ezekiel Holley (D)
44.9% 7,051
2012 Gerald Greene (R)
100% 15,207
None
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CANDIDATES

FOLLOW THE MONEY

In 2016, Incumbent Gerald Greene outspent Independent Kenneth Zachary, $13,364 to $6,933. In 2104, Greene outspent Democrat Ezekial Holley $137,062 to $2,000.

NOTES AND SUMMARY

Incumbent Gerald Greene has been in office since 1983, representing a majority black district that has never been represented by a person of color. Greene taught government in the public schools, was named Teacher of the Year in 1991, and has been endorsed multiple times by the Georgia Education Association for his commitment to improving education.

Greene was originally a Democrat but, following his unopposed victory in 2010, Greene switched his party affiliation to Republican.  

In 2016, James Williams (D) announced his intention to oppose Greene. Greene raised questions about the residency of Mr. Williams, despite the fact that Williams  had voted in the district in three elections since 2012. Secretary of State Brian Kemp was accused of quietly changing boundary lines of the district to exclude Williams’ home.

A second candidate, the Rev. Kenneth Zachary, announced his candidacy but had a history that included convictions for disorderly conduct, writing bad checks and theft.

Joyce Barlow (D) is running for this seat in 2018. She is a retired healthcare administrator (President of Englewood Health Care Inc.) and is considered a strong candidate for this race.

 

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).

Joyce Barlow (D)

TOP 3 PRIORITIES IF ELECTED

Affordable Health Care to Rural areas  Educational Funding for pre-K to 12
Public Safety

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

Yes.  We are all created equal and the law forbids discrimination based on race, religion, sex, handicap, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

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

Yes.  Community coordinated supervised services would be beneficial to preclude extensive waiting in jail until they can obtain bail money. Needed community services can be performed by these persons.

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

Yes.  Only if it is needed.

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

Yes.  This is America  and the official language of our country is English.

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

No. 

DID YOU/DO YOU SUPPORT GUNS ON CAMPUS?

No.  Too many safety issues to manage. 

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

No. 

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

No. 

DO YOU SUPPORT THE EXPANSION OF EARLY VOTING?

Yes. 

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

No. 

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

No.  Health insurance coverage should be available to all persons.

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?

Yes.  It is a woman's right to be able to make decisions about her reproduction and any other health.

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

Yes.

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

No.  Most small business cannot afford to pay $15.00 per hour. A more reasonable rate should be determined.

Gerald E. Green (R, Incumbent)

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.