Election 2020: Complete guide to Georgia’s 7th Congressional District general election

The Gwinnett Chamber will hold their next virtual Candidates Forum 5 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7 with the candidates for Georgia Congressional District 7, Carolyn Bourdeaux and Dr. Rich McCormick. (Courtesy Gwinnett Chamber)
The Gwinnett Chamber will hold their next virtual Candidates Forum 5 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7 with the candidates for Georgia Congressional District 7, Carolyn Bourdeaux and Dr. Rich McCormick. (Courtesy Gwinnett Chamber)

Credit: (Courtesy Gwinnett Chamber)

Credit: (Courtesy Gwinnett Chamber)

After losing the 2018 general election by less than 500 votes, Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux is campaigning again in the 7th District. The incumbent, U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, decided not to seek another term this year.

Emergency room physician Rich McCormick won a crowded Republican primary, avoiding a runoff even though he was one of seven candidates. McCormick is a Trump supporter and conservative, but he says his military service and matriculation at the Morehouse College of Medicine prepared him to represent people of all backgrounds.

Bourdeaux is a Georgia State University professor who previously served as the Georgia Senate’s budget chief during the Great Recession.

The district, which includes most of Gwinnett County and south Forsyth County, has only grown more diverse since the razor-thin 2018 contest and is a major target for Democrats. Most election predictor websites give Bourdeaux a slight edge against McCormick.

Below, we have provided you with a rundown of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s coverage of these candidates, including links to our own articles, videos of them in debate and their campaign websites.

Voters looking for information on other candidates or how to submit their ballots should check out the AJC’s Election page. Those who want to download sample ballots and confirm which races they will be casting votes for should visit Georgia’s My Voter Page.

7th District Candidates:

Carolyn Bourdeaux, Democrat, college professor, carolyn4congress.com

Rich McCormick, Republican, emergency room doctor, richmccormick.us

Candidate Q&A

The AJC posed a series of policy questions to the candidates. You can read their responses HERE.

Debate coverage

The candidates are scheduled to participate in the Atlanta Press Club’s debate on October 13 at 7:30 pm. Watch it HERE.

Fundraising

Read the AJC’s coverage of the most recent campaign finance report, including the influence of out-of-state donors, plus earlier articles about first-quarter and second-quarter fundraising.

More from the AJC:

ExploreAJC Voter Guide
ExploreBourdeaux, McCormick hit the airwaves in 7th District contest
ExploreGeorgia candidates debate empowerment versus problem-solving

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