Todd Robinson, a Columbus resident and former U.S. Army Ranger, this week joined the field of candidates seeking to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, according to documents filed with the secretary of state’s office.
Robinson joins Branko Radulovacki of Atlanta, Steen Miles of Decatur and Michelle Nunn of Atlanta, the daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn, in the Democratic primary on May 20.
Art Gardner and David Purdue of Atlanta, Karen Handel of Alpharetta, Phil Gingrey of Marietta and Derrick Grayson of Redan make up the Republican primary field.
Robinson, who served with the 3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger regiment at Fort Benning, said he first thought of running when Congress was playing partisan politics with the so-called “fiscal cliff” issue in 2012.
“I felt that the politicians needed to be held responsible,” he said. “If they could have prevented that, they should have. Instead of me just talking about, I’m moving forward and doing something about it.”
In local races, Victor Morales today joined John “Bart” Steed and John F. Thomas as opponents of Muscogee County School Board District 2 member John Wells.
Qualifying ended today at noon.
This is the final list of qualifiers for the May 20 elections:
Mayor: Incumbent Teresa Tomlinson, Colin Martin
State Court judge: Incumbent Andy Prather
District 1: Incumbent Pop Barnes, Zeph Baker
District 3: Bruce Huff
District 5: Mike Baker
District 7: Incumbent Mimi Woodson, Xavier McCaskey
District at large: Incumbent Judy Thomas, Felicia Hamilton
District 2: Incumbent John Wells, Victor Morales, John “Bart” Steed, John F. Thomas
District 4: Incumbent Naomi Buckner
District 6: Incumbent Mark Cantrell
District 8: Incumbent Beth Harris, Frank Myers
At-large District: Kia Chambers, Owen Ditchfield, Nate Sanderson
District 2: Incumbent Tim Edgar, Tammy Huling, Morgan Marlowe
District 5: Incumbent Bethany Hall Lucas
District 7: La Trenda Tyler-Jones
District 1: Incumbent Charles Wyatt (R)
District 2: Incumbent Jim Woods (R), Andrew "Andy" Sivell (R)
District 3: Incumbent Becky Langston (R), Marcus Bice (R)
Post 3: Bill Drew, Walter F. Rosso
Post 4: Incumbent Gerald Douglas, Woodrow Weaver
Post 5: Incumbent Donald Moore