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A guide to Georgia's down-ballot races, what each job does, and why they matter

Commissioner of What? Your guide to the lesser-known officers on your ballot, what they do, and why it matters

Political positions like State School Superintendent and Commissioner of Agriculture may not get the same level of airtime as the big-ticket races, but these offices are vitally important, and the elected officials who win them influence the lives of millions of Georgians. Check out this guide to Georgia’s down-ballot races: the office, what it does and doesn’t do, and why it matters for you and your neighbors.
Atlanta Press Club Georgia Lieutenant Governor Debate 2022

Burt Jones ducks questions on 2020 election interference at Georgia lieutenant governor candidate debate

In December 2020, state Senator Burt Jones played a crucial role in the plot to keep then President Donald Trump in power, misrepresenting himself—alongside 15 other Trump allies—as a certified elector by filing paperwork that incorrectly claimed the leader of the MAGA movement had won Georgia. But Jones didn’t want to talk about election interference allegations, which have made him a target in the state’s sprawling election probe, during the Atlanta Press Club’s lieutenant governor candidate debate Tuesday.

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