Jon Ossoff is running as a Democrat in Georgia special election

  • Compiled from AJC news reports
8:56 a.m. Monday, April 17, 2017 Georgia Politics and Government

Jon Ossoff, who runs a firm specializing in anti-corruption investigations, is one of five Democrats running in an April 18 special election in Georgia’s 6th congressional district. The winner will replace Republican Tom Price, who was appointed as Health and human services secretary in the Trump administration.

Ossoff, 30, has attracted financial support both inside and outside of Georgia, along with the backing off two Georgia Democratic power-brokers: Georgia congressmen John Lewis and Hank Johnson.  

Ossoff is a former intern to John Lewis and aide to Hank Johnson who ran several of his election campaigns. He said he would run as an ardent opponent of Donald Trump in the contest, which could be among the first congressional special elections in the nation after the Republican’s victory. Read the full story

Ossoff has soaked up the lion’s share of Democratic attention in the race for Georgia’s Sixth District. He claims to have raised more than $3 million in campaign cash across the nation, has attracted the interest of national Democratic groups and has fast become the target of Republicans in the race. 

A Republican attack ad included video of Ossoff dressing up as Han Solo from the Star Wars movies. The Han Solo connection has attracted attention from outside of political circles.

Ossoff lives in DeKalb County but does not live in the 6th District, and candidates for Congress are not required to be residents. He lives south of the district so that his girlfriend of 12 years, an Emory University medical student, can walk to work.
Tom Price’s congressional seat is vacant since he accepted a position in the Trump administration.

A fourth Democrat announced Thursday he’ll run for Rep. Tom Price’s seat, but this one claims two advantages the three others vying for the conservative district don’t have. Jon Ossoff, who runs a firm specializing in anti-corruption investigations, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he’s lined up more than $250,000 in financial commitments from supporters. He also has the backing of two other Georgia Democratic power-brokers: Reps. John Lewis and Hank Johnson.

How much has Jon Ossoff unsettled Republicans who want to keep a grip on suburban Atlanta’s Sixth District? The 30-year-old Democrat was invoked throughout a GOP candidate forum as a sort of sword of Damocles hanging over the race for the seat held by Republicans since Jimmy Carter was president. 

A Republican super PAC has unleashed a $1.1 million ad barrage against Jon Ossoff, a Democratic newcomer who is attracting national attention and a torrent of fundraising in his campaign to flip a conservative suburban Atlanta district.

“Sorry, Trump Republicans. But District 6 has a New Hope.” Thus concludes a minute-long web ad supporting Democrat Jon Ossoff that was produced by Better Georgia, the left-leaning (Wookiee-like?) guerilla group.It was a response to a debut attack ad launched Wednesday that featuring Ossoff dressed as Han Solo while a member of a Georgetown University singing group. The $1.1 million ad buy was orchestrated by the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC backed by House GOP leaders.

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