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Posted: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 8:00 am

Qualifying for the 2018 elections ended Friday, setting up a Democratic primary battle in the 6th Congressional District, a Democratic primary to pick a challenger for state Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody) and a clear path to the November election for candidates in two state House races.

In the 6th District, home to the titanic $50 million special election campaign last year, four Democrats have filed to challenge the incumbent, U.S. Rep. Karen Handel.

Bobby Kaple, Kevin Abel, Lucy McBath and Steven Griffin are in for the May 22 primary. Kaple is a former television anchor, Abel is in the technology business, and McBath lists herself as a community activist. An endorsement by last year’s Democratic front-runner, Jon Ossoff, might be an important part of the primary race.

In the state Senate race, a former state House member, Sally Harrell, is being challenged by Tamara Johnson Shealy, who ran against Millar two years ago. She’s a nail technician.

In state House District 79, primarily a Democratic District, Dunwoody’s first mayor, Ken Wright, is seeking to succeed a fellow Republican, the retiring Tom Taylor. He will be opposed by a trial lawyer, Michael Wilensky, who moved to the city two years ago but has made himself visible.

In state House District 80, mostly Brookhaven and some of Sandy Springs, incumbent state Rep. Meagan Hanson, is seeking re-election. She is challenged by another attorney, Matthew Wilson.

Three DeKalb County commissioners are up for re-election, Doug Rader, Larry Johnson and Gregory Adams. Voters will be able to decide on the merits of the 60 percent pay raise voted by the commissioners for themselves. That raise may be amended by Millar or others in the waning days of the General Assembly session.

All the primary elections will be overshadowed by the many candidates for governor and lieutenant governor. Several Democrats and Republicans already are up with television and radio ads.

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