In vermilion-red Glynn County, Democrats running for higher office can be a rare sight indeed. However, in January, St. Simons Island resident Julie Ann Jordan filed for the Democratic nomination in state House District 179, a seat currently held by Rep. Don Hogan, R-St. Simons Island.

Because Jordan so recently launched her candidacy, her campaign finance disclosure report is rather thin, though it does show $2,000 raised from 21 donors. She did not have any expenditures listed.

Hogan, who was elected unopposed to the House in 2016, reported raising $4,500 during the last period and shows more than $17,600 on hand. Nearly all of Hogan’s money raised during the last period came from 11 different political action committees.

House District 179 tends to not see much action at the ballot box. Before Hogan ran, current Glynn County Magistrate Judge Alex Atwood ran unopposed in 2012 and 2014. Atwood did, however, have to win a close Republican primary runoff in 2010. He defeated his Democratic opponent, Audrey Stewart, by nearly 23 percentage points, coming through with 2,800 more votes.

In the previous election, then-House Majority Leader Jerry Keen beat Democratic challenger Leroy Dumas by 19 percent, which was more than 3,500 votes.

Neither Rep. Jeff Jones, R-St. Simons Island, nor Sen. William Ligon, R-White Oak, have primary or general election opponents.

Jones reported raising more than $16,000 and spending just short of $6,000 during the reporting period, leaving him with nearly $17,000. He is carrying more than $10,800 in campaign debt, but is in the process of paying it off.

Jones received a total of $8,250 from 22 different PACs, while also receiving notable contributions of $500 from House Majority Leader Jon Burns, R-Newington, $455.46 from Coastal Georgia Greenway Chairman Ben Slade, and $250 from Community Newspapers Inc. President Dink NeSmith.

Between two different filed reports covering the last reporting period, Ligon raised $30,000 while spending slightly more than $14,000 and ending with more than $63,100 on hand. Thirty PACs gave a total of $23,050, but Ligon also received $2,500 from Senate Majority Leader Bill Cowsert, R-Athens, and $2,600 from Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville.

Ligon gave some contributions as well, sending $3,000 to Sen. Josh McKoon’s campaign for secretary of State, and $1,000 to former Senate President Pro Tem David Shafer’s Senate account.

Shafer is also presently running for lieutenant governor.

Primary day for both Democratic and Republican parties is May 22, and the general election is scheduled for Nov. 6.

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