As state Representative Wendell Willard retires from public service after 18 years under the Gold Dome, already a front-runner has emerged to replace him in HD-51, a heavily Republican district which contains parts of Sandy Springs, Roswell, and Johns Creek.
Sandy Springs attorney Alex Kaufman held a fundraiser Thursday night at Agave Restaurant in Atlanta, (a perennial top ‘political hangout’ per James Magazine) and was joined by a star-studded host committee that shows he’ll likely be the man to beat in the Republican primary on May 22nd. Big names already in support include state Sen. John Albers, House Speaker Pro Tempore Jan Jones, House Majority Caucus Vice Chairman Sam Teasley, House Majority Caucus Secretary/Treasurer Bruce Williamson, House Judiciary Chairman Wendell Willard, state Rep. David Clark, Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul, former Sandy Springs City Councilman Gabe Sterling, and Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausman.
“My campaign as a candidate for House of Representatives District 51 in Sandy Springs is pleased to announce a broad-based range of support from prominent Fulton County and other elected officials,” Kaufman told InsiderAdvantage. “I appreciate the encouragement and united support of all these Republican elected public officials as our campaign continues to garner support in our district in anticipation of securing the party nomination in the May 22 Republican primary,” Kaufman said. He told his supporters at the event that one of his main priorities is “to continuing to fight to for expanded parental choice in education— an issue that cuts across all partisan and demographic lines for the betterment of all Georgians.”
Should Kaufman secure the Republican nomination in May, (he is currently the only announced GOP candidate) he will be heavily favored in the November general election.