John King wins GOP nod for insurance commissioner

March 29, 2022 Atlanta - Georgia Commissioner of Insurance and Safety Fire John King speaks to members of the press during a press conference at the Georgia State Capitol on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. The state of Georgia has fined Anthem/Blue Cross Blue Shield $5 million. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

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March 29, 2022 Atlanta - Georgia Commissioner of Insurance and Safety Fire John King speaks to members of the press during a press conference at the Georgia State Capitol on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. The state of Georgia has fined Anthem/Blue Cross Blue Shield $5 million. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

John King has won the Republican nomination for state insurance and safety fire commissioner, defeating a candidate backed by former President Donald Trump.

King, the former Doraville police chief and major general with the Georgia National Guard, is the first Latino to hold statewide elected office in the state. He was appointed to the job 2 ½ years ago by Gov. Brian Kemp after then-commissioner Jim Beck was convicted of charges he swindled his former employer.

King defeated the Trump-endorsed Patrick Witt, a lawyer who worked on Trump’s team in Georgia in the aftermath of the 2020 election and worked in the Office of Personnel Management under Trump.

King will face the winner of the Democratic primary in November