“You can’t beat McBath,” former Atlanta Falcon and businessman Joe Profit said. “You’ve already had the seat and couldn’t do it; I don’t believe that you could do it now.”
Profit ran unsuccessfully against U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson in the 4th District two years ago. Initially, he indicated he would run this year in the 7th District race before switching to the 6th.
Profit said during Monday’s debate that he is in a better position than Handel to face McBath.
Other candidates included Mykel Lynn Barthelemy, an operations manager who said she lives outside of the district. Barthelemy wrote a book titled, “Trump Is Not A Racist! Here’s Why” and during the debate said he is the “greatest president ever.”
Singer and entrepreneur Paulette Smith also owns a home outside of District 6 but said she launched a campaign because of her compassionate for people.
The final Republicans in the race is Blake Harbin, who leads a mortgage loan company.
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