FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, in North Charleston, S.C. Six Trump staffers setting up for his June 20 Tulsa rally tested positive for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
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Meet the Georgia delegates to the 2020 Republican National Convention

Georgia will send 76 delegates and 73 alternates to the Republican National Convention in August to formally nominate President Donald Trump to a second term in office, a list that includes current office-holders, donors and activists.

The bulk of the group will gather in Jacksonville, Fla., where much of the convention’s main activities are planned. But a handful will also head to Charlotte, which was initially set to hold the Republican bash until organizers couldn’t reach an agreement with North Carolina officials over coronavirus restrictions. 

Trump coasted to victory in Georgia’s 2016 presidential primary and won the state by a 5-point margin in November, yet the convention that year was steeped with drama as delegates for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz aimed to block his coronation. 

Since then, the Never Trump movement has largely been stamped out among elected state Republican politicians and the president’s campaign operation in Georgia is preparing for a stiff challenge from former Vice President Joe Biden.

You'll find a list below of the delegates headed to the RNC below along with a brief bio. We will keep updating this page as the names of more delegates arrive. 

One note: You won’t find the names of any members of the state’s congressional delegation, such as U.S. Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue. Chair  David Shafer said none were elected as delegates because they each have floor privileges at the convention.

Gov. Brian Kemp: Elected in 2018, the Athens businessman served as secretary of state and a state senator before he ran for Georgia’s top job. 

David Shafer: A former state senator and veteran Republican operative who is chair of the Georgia GOP.

Ginger Howard: A Buckhead clothing store owner who was elected to serve as the state party’s Republican National Committeewoman.

Jason Thompson: A veteran party activist who was elected to serve as the state party’s Republican National Committeeman. 

Joseph Brannan: The treasurer for the state GOP, Brannan is a media executive who is a leader in the Muscogee County party. 

Franklin Rozier: The Blackshear attorney is a Republican activist who ran unsuccessfully for as state House seat in 2018. 

Krista Frost: A key Republican donor and activist from Coweta County. 

Alton Russell: A Columbus activist who is the past chair of the Third District GOP and a professional storyteller

Vincent Russo: An expert in campaign finance law, Russo is the general counsel for the Georgia GOP and has represented the National Republican Congressional Committee in recent cases.

Nick Ayers: After serving as a top Sonny Perdue adviser, Ayers played a key role in national political campaigns and later served as a trusted deputy to Vice President Mike Pence.

John White: A retired Coca-Cola executive who served as a past chairman for the Georgia Republican Foundation, which helps raise cash to finance the party’s initiatives. 

Alex Johnson: He ran several unsuccessful campaigns to lead the Georgia GOP, winning favor among tea party supporters, and heads the Georgia Republican Assembly. 

Betsy Kramer: A Johns Creek retiree active in Fulton County GOP politics. 

Daryl Moody: A Georgia GOP donor who is the current chair of the Georgia Republican Foundation.

Rufus Montgomery: The former U.S. Army combat engineer is a well-connected lobbyist in Georgia’s Gold Dome.

Shawn Still: A board member of the Faith and Freedom Coalition in Georgia who is finance chair of the Georgia GOP. 

Suzi Voyles: The state chairwoman of the conservative Maggie’s List and member of Women for Trump and the Georgia Federation of Republican Women. 

Fang Zhou: A history professor active in Republican campaigns who has sparked controversy for some of his online comments.  

Sunny Wong: A founder of the Chinese-American Republicans and the Georgia GOP’s liaison to the state’s Chinese community. 

Carolyn Fisher: The first vice chair of the Georgia GOP. 

Steve Broadbent: A top executive with an executive benefit firm who serves on the board of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

Bruce Azevedo: A Watkinsville real estate agent and former chairman of the 9th District GOP who ran unsuccessfully for party chair against Shafer. 

Ashley Bell (far left), currently serves as Region 4 Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Federal authorities have subpoenaed the DeKalb County commission for records related to his work for that board. Bob Andres / bandres@ajc.com
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Ashley Bell: A former Hall County commissioner who is one of Georgia’s highest-profile black Republicans, Bell serves as regional administrator for the Small Business Administration.

Bubba McDonald: The first statewide elected official to back Trump, McDonald is a Public Service Commissioner running for another term in November. 

Joannah Hollis: The chairwoman of the Baldwin County Republican Party, home of one of Georgia’s most competitive counties. 

Chuck Berk: A co-chairman of the Republican Jewish Coalition of Atlanta who is particularly involved in suburban GOP politics. 

Ellen Diehl: An early Trump supporter who ran unsuccessfully for a Georgia House seat in 2018. 

Taryn Bowman: The Cobb County film executive is challenging Democratic state Rep. Erick Allen in November.

Sixth District GOP candidate Nicole Rodden.

Nicole Rodden: A military veteran who briefly competed for Georgia’s 6th District this year before withdrawing her candidacy. 

Debbie McCord: A Republican activist from Evans who was a member of the Arrangements Committee during the 2016 RNC. 

Dianne Putnam: The chairwoman of the Whitfield County Republican Party.

James Cooper: A Republican activist from Walton County who owns a trucking firm.

Pamela Reardon: A Cobb County real estate agent deeply involved in local politics.  

Lydia Hallmark: A past chair of the Paulding County Republican Women. 

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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