Updated: Everyone who applied for Johnny Isakson’s Senate seat

The applications began streaming into Gov. Brian Kemp’s office almost as soon as the Republican encouraged anyone interested in succeeding U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson to apply online.

More than 500 people had filled out a short questionnaire and submitted their resumes to seek the coveted spot, which is opening after Isakson announced he's stepping down at year's end for health reasons.

Whoever Kemp picks would stand for election in November 2020 to fill out the remaining two years of Isakson’s term – and be expected to run again in 2022.

Among the biggest names seeking the appointment are business executive Kelly Loeffler, U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, and House Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, the No. 2 Republican in the state House.

Some other well-known figures are aiming for the seat, too, including current and former state lawmakersa U.S. ambassadordecorated military veterans, radio commentators and former Kemp aides.

The public nature of the process has led some potential contenders, including U.S. Attorney BJay Pak, to opt out. Others, including business executives, statewide politicians and judicial leaders, stayed on the sidelines.

"This application process is the wildest contest since the search for golden tickets in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” said Josh McKoon, a GOP activist and former state senator.

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Here’s our updated list of some of the highest-profile candidates who have applied:

- Former U.S. Rep. Paul Broun

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins

Robyn Crittenden, a former interim secretary of state who now heads Georgia's largest state agency

- Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols

- State Rep. Chuck Efstration, chairman of a key House committee

Randy Evans, the U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg and a prominent attorney

Jackie Gingrich Cushman, an author and the daughter of the former House speaker

- State Sen. Tyler Harper, an Ocilla farmer and Kemp ally

Kelly Loeffler, a financial services chief executive who co-owns the WNBA Dream

A. Wayne Johnson, a former Trump administration education official

- House Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, the top Republican woman in the Georgia Legislature

- Former U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, who was runner-up in the Republican race for Senate in 2014 

Jack Markwalter, the chief executive of the U.S. division of CIBC Private Wealth Management

Allen Poole, a former county commissioner and Kemp deputy. 

- Former U.S. Rep. Tom Price, who resigned as Trump's health secretary after an expense scandal

Here are some other noteworthy names:

- Paulding County school board member Jason Anavitarte

- David Belle Isle, a former Alpharetta mayor who lost a 2018 Republican runoff for secretary of state

- Billy Birdwell, spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

- Allen Buckley, a former Libertarian candidate for Senate

- Alpharetta City Councilman Ben Burnett

- Former state Rep. Melvin Everson

- Bruce Levell, a former 6th District candidate who was co-chair of Trump’s diversity coalition

- Former state Sen. Judson Hill, who ran unsuccessfully for Georgia’s 6th District in 2017

- Angelic Moore, a former Kemp campaign operative

- Robert Patillo, a political strategist and civil rights attorney

- Democratic state Sen. Michael "Doc" Rhett

- Michael Steele, a retired U.S. Army colonel who was a company commander during the Somalia mission that inspired the Black Hawk Down movie

- Shelley Wynter, a talk show host

- Radio host Martha Zoller, a former aide to Kemp and to U.S. Sen. David Perdue

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