Kay Kirkpatrick

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Incumbent

Background

Kay Kirkpatrick earned a B.S. in biology from the University of Kentucky and an M.D. from the University of Louisville [5]. She has represented District 32 in the Georgia State Senate since 2017 and currently chairs the Veterans, Military, and Homeland Security Committee.

Kirkpatrick is involved in multiple organizations such as the Georgia Joint Defense Commission and Commission on Family Violence. She serves as District Coordinator for the Medical Association of Georgia’s Medical Reserve Corps.

Prior to her political career, Kirkpatrick worked as an orthopedic hand surgeon for three decades. She is currently a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and Georgia Orthopedic Society [1] [6].

Key Issues

Healthcare

Kirkpatrick supports combatting surprise billing, telemedicine, emergency prescriptions, and transparency to consumers. She prioritizes maternal mortality legislation. Kirkpatrick opposes expanding Medicaid but wants to maintain benefits for those utilizing it [6].

Reproductive Rights

Kirkpatrick is pro-life but believes that abortion should be legal when pregnancy results from sexual assault [6].

COVID-19

Kirkpatrick advocates for protection of healthcare workers during the pandemic [6].

Drugs

Kirkpatrick believes in raising the age for tobacco to 21 and supports assisting those in substance abuse recovery [6].

Veterans

Kirkpatrick helped to establish a local Veterans Education Career Transition Resource Center [6].

Education

Kirkpatrick promotes reducing standardized testing and fair treatment in teacher evaluations [6].

Seniors

Kirkpatrick advocates for maintaining services for seniors [6].

Public Safety

Kirkpatrick prioritizes addressing domestic violence, having worked on legislation to prevent dual arrests in these cases [6].

Elections

Kirkpatrick is against an independent or bipartisan commission dedicated to redistricting and for photo ID requirements to vote [6].

Criminal Justice

Kirkpatrick does not support marijuana legalization and capital punishment. She is in favor of minors accused of violent crimes being tried as adults [6].

Immigration

Kirkpatrick is in favor of local police enforcing federal immigration laws and denying in-state tuition to illegal immigrants at public universities [6].

LGBTQIA+

Kirkpatrick promotes including sexual orientation in anti-discrimination laws [6].

Community

Kirkpatrick opposes taking down Confederate monuments from public spaces [6].

Gun Policy

Kirkpatrick is against gun control legislation but believes that all firearms should be registered [1] [6].

Endorsements

Georgia Chamber of Commerce [4]; National Rifle Association; National Federation for Independent Business [6]

Sources

1 Official Campaign Website 
2 Ballotpedia
3 Facebook
4 Georgia Chamber of Commerce
5 LinkedIn
6 VoteSmart

Jason Anavitarte

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Incumbent

Background

Jason Anavitarte earned a B.A. in Political Science and Government from Georgia State University and a M.S. in Public Policy from Georgia Institute of Technology [4]. He has represented District 31 in the Georgia State Senate since 2021 and currently serves as vice chair of the Education and Youth Committee [1]. Anavitarte has previously been a member of the Paulding County School Board and City Councilman in Doraville.

Anavitarte has taken part in the Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors and chairs the Board of Trustees at Chattahoochee Technical College. He has two decades of experience working in business in the private and healthcare sectors [3] [4].

Key Issues

Gun Policy

Anavitarte opposes gun control legislation such as permit requirements and supports constitutional carry [3].

LGBTQIA+

Anavitarte is against legislation encouraging discussion of gender identity and sexual orientation into classrooms [3].

Reproductive Rights

Anavitarte is pro-life, supporting the Heartbeat Bill [3].

COVID-19

Anavitarte believes Constitutional rights should have prevented COVID-19 restrictions [3].

Immigration

Anavitarte proposes a number of reforms, including increased border security, deportation enforcement, prohibiting in-state tuition for illegal immigrants, and denying welfare resources to those with a green card or visa [3].

Government

Anavitarte believes that there should be no career politicians and promotes term limits for government offices [3].

Politics

Anavitarte has been heavily involved and supportive of the Trump campaign since 2016 [3].

Infrastructure

Anavitarte advocates for accelerating infrastructure projects such as one along I-20 [3].

Education

Anavitarte promotes eliminating the Core Curriculum, prioritizing technical colleges for trade jobs, and increasing teacher salaries [3].

Agriculture

Anavitarte believes in assisting farmers in competing with larger agricultural corporations and protecting them from nuisance lawsuits [3].

Endorsements

Georgia Chamber of Commerce [2]; National Rifle Association [5]; Georgia Carry [6]; Family Policy Alliance of Georgia; Georgia Life Alliance [3]

Sources

1 Ballotpedia
2 Georgia Chamber of Commerce
3 Official Campaign Website
4 LinkedIn
5 National Rifle Association
6 VoteSmart

Mike Dugan

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Incumbent

Background

Mike Dugan earned a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in organizational development from the University of West Georgia. He has represented District 29 in the Georgia State Senate since 2013 and currently serves as the Senate’s Majority Leader. Dugan is Secretary of the Veterans, Military, and Homeland Security Committee and takes part in five other committees. He is a former member of the Executive Board of the Carrollton Housing Authority [3].

Dugan has over two decades of experience in the US army and works as a local contractor through RA-LIN and Associates’s Carrollton branch. He previously served as president of the Carrollton Kiwanis Club and participated in the Georgia Athletic Foundation Executive Committee [1] [5].

Key Issues

Reproductive Rights

Dugan is pro-life, opposing abortion-on-demand, instead opting to work on adoption and foster care practices [4].

Gun Policy

Dugan disagrees with gun control legislation [4].

Immigration

Dugan opposes illegal immigration, working against sanctuary cities and protections for illegal immigrants [4].

Healthcare

Dugan advocates for ending surprise billing, access to telehealth, and healthcare budget reforms [4].

Endorsements

No endorsements could be found.

Sources

1 Georgia State Senate
2 Ballotpedia
3 LinkedIn
4 Official Campaign Website 
5 VoteSmart

Randy Robertson

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Incumbent

Background

Randy Robertson studied Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration at Columbus State University, later graduating from the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy in criminal justice and police science [4]. He has represented District 29 in the Georgia State Senate since 2019 and currently chairs the Retirement Committee.

Robertson has thirty years of experience in law enforcement. He is president of the Fraternal Order of Police Georgia State Lodge [2] [3].

Key Issues

Public Safety

Robertson supports heightened efforts against drug abuse and for criminal justice reform. He advocates for increased criminal punishment [2].

Education

Robertson prioritizes opportunities for business and manufacturing in Georgia [2].

Broadband

Robertson believes in bringing broadband access to rural Georgia [2].

Infrastructure

Robertson promotes sustainable infrastructure with economic and social benefits [2].

Economy

Robertson supports fostering relationships between community stakeholders and state officials to increase employment opportunities [2].

Endorsements

No endorsements could be found.

Sources

1 Ballotpedia
2 Official Campaign Website
3 VoteSmart
4 LinkedIn

Clint Dixon

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Challenger

Background

Dixon attended Georgia Perimeter College. He was elected to the Georgia State Senate to represent District 45 in 2020. Dixon serves as the Vice Chairman of the MARTOC committee and is the Secretary of the Transportation Committee. He is a member of the Banking and Financial Institutions Committee, State and Local Governmental Operations Committee, and the State Institutions and Property Committee [2].

He started Longleaf Realty, which specializes in bank-owned properties. He then worked as the real estate, construction, and site selection manager for Hewatt Enterprises in Lawrenceville. Currently, he works as an Acquisition Manager for Chafin Homes [4].

Key Issues

Education

Dixon plans to reduce testing for students and fund schools by delivering on teacher pay raises [4]. Dixon sponsored SB 514, which prevents boards of education, teachers, and school personnel from enforcing rules that requires students to wear a face mask [2].

Healthcare

Dixon promises to reduce healthcare costs as well as expand access to healthcare [4].

Public Safety

Dixon has sponsored SB 461, which makes human trafficking a bailable offense [2].

Endorsements

Georgia Chamber [5]; National Federation of Independent Business – Georgia; American Conservative Union; National Rifle Association [6]

Sources

1 Ballotpedia
2 Georgia General Assembly
3 LinkedIn
4 Official Website
5 GA Chamber
6 JustFactsVoteSmart

Jayre Jones

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Challenger

Background

Jones was raised in metro Atlanta and earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Emory University. He currently works in medical research, focusing on sickle cell treatment [1].

Key Issues

Economy

Jones supports adjusting tax rates for small businesses and everyday workers. He prioritizes creating solutions for inflation and supports the Fair Tax, which increases transparency with fewer exceptions and rule changes [1] [3].

Education

Jones places an emphasis on providing teachers with fair  compensation and enabling parents to ensure their children have proper education [1]. He is against critical race theory and social emotional learning in the classroom [3].

Elections

Jones believes in restoring election integrity, pledging to investigate election crimes and prosecute those involved [1]. He has supported replacing voting machines with hand counting of all ballots [3].

Healthcare

Jones opposes government involvement in healthcare, including HIPPA and the Affordable Care Act. He supports enforcing full disclosure of medical costs for both hospitals and practices, including procedures like MRI scans [1].

Public Safety

Jones believes in providing sufficient compensation for law enforcement officers, along with training and equipment [1].

Endorsements

No endorsements could be found.

Sources

1 Official Campaign Website
2 Ballotpedia
3 The American Times

Robert C. Cerullo

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Challenger

Background

Robert C. Cerullo attended Mary Washington College and then went into law enforcement. When he was 30, Cerullo started attending law school. After graduation, Cerullo worked for the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office in Henrico County. He then moved to Powhatan County seven years ago and served as the Assistant Commonwealth Attorney and, presently, the Deputy Commonwealth Attorney [1, 3, 4].

Key Issues

No key issues could be found.

Endorsements

No endorsements could be found.

Sources

1 Facebook
2 Ballotpedia
3 Open Payroll
4 Powhatan County Government

M. Brett Hall

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Challenger

Background

M. Brett Hall received his bachelor’s degree from University of Virginia-Wise then went on to earn his law degree from the Appalachian School of Law. Hall currently works as a defense attorney [1, 2, 3].

Key Issues

Law Enforcement

Hall argues that the Commonwealth Attorney must be able to discern people who need help compared to people who must be vigorously prosecuted [1].

Endorsements

No endorsements could be found.

Sources

1 WCYB
2 WCYB
3 Times News
4 Facebook
5 Ballotpedia

Tommy Smith

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Challenger

Background

Tommy Smith is a lifelong resident of District 34. He is a retired truck driver and formerly served on the Forest Park City Council for five years [1].

Key Issues

Government

Smith believes in giving the legislature emergency powers [1].

Economy

Smith emphasizes both protecting current jobs and creating new employment opportunities [1].

Sources

1 Ballotpedia

2 Personal Facebook

3 LinkedIn

Robert Bernosky

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Challenger

Background

Robert Bernosky received a degree in Accounting and Business Administration from the University of Delaware. He is the Chief Financial Officer for Skyline Advanced Technology Services and a Consulting CFO for SV Advisors. He has worked as a CFO for various companies since 1992 [5]. Bernosky has served as the San Benito County Chairperson for the California Republican Party since 2012 and previously served on the Hollister School District Board of Trustees [2]. He has three children with his wife Jennifer [1].

Key Issues

Elections

Bernosky wants to implement ongoing voter registration validation programs at county registrars and supports cleaning voter rolls. He opposes the use of open-source voting systems and expanding voting rights to 16 or 17 year olds. He supports establishing election day as a holiday and wants to simplify and automate candidate filing processes [7].

Campaign Finance

Bernosky opposes public-funding for political campaigns [1]. 

Economy

Bernosky wants to simplify the business registration process and supports increasing manufacturing jobs in California [7]. 

Endorsements

Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the California Republican Party Tom Del Beccarro

Sources

1Official Website
2 CalMatters
3 Twitter
4 Ballotpedia
5 LinkedIn 
6 VoteSmart 
7 The San Diego Union Tribune
8 Benito Link