AG Commissioner joins growing list to challenge Warnock for U.S. Senate seat
In one of the races to watch for 2022, the U.S. Senate seat held by Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., is taking shape. A new name has been tossed in the ring as Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black announced he is running for the seat during a speech at the state Republican convention that was held on Jekyll Island this weekend. Elected agriculture commissioner in 2010, Black was reelected in 2014 and 2018. He is touting his record of receiving more votes than Brian Kemp when he ran for Georgia Governor in 2018.
Black joins businessman Kelvin King, an Air Force veteran from Atlanta and Latham Saddler, an Atlanta banking executive, who announced earlier this year their intent to run for the office. In the backdrop are breadcrumbs being dropped each day that House Speaker David Ralston is considering a run for the Senate seat. Considered to be one of the most powerful politicians in Georgia, Ralston’s entry into the race will create an interesting primary on the Republican side of the ledger as they line up to oust Warnock.
Said Black to the delegates, “Warnock and [President Joe] Biden promised to ‘fundamentally change America, they’re five months into it and job growth and opportunity are down, inflation, debt and gas prices are up, [and] the Middle East is back at war.”
Black is known for his successful efforts to market Georgia with his slogan, “Georgia Grown”, and led efforts in 2018 to bring state and federal aid to South Georgia farmers hit hard by Hurricane Michael.
Former Sen. Kelly Loeffler, and former Rep. Doug Collins have decided they will not enter the race, however, several other Republicans are said to be considering the contest including U.S. Reps. Buddy Carter of Savannah, Drew Ferguson of West Point, and University of Georgia football great Herschel Walker, who has the backing of former President Trump.