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Governor: Republican candidates

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John Barge

John Barge

Residence: Rome

Age: 48

Education: Bachelor’s degree, Berry College; educational leadership master’s, West Georgia; doctorate of educational leadership, University of Georgia

Occupation: Georgia state school superintendent

Political experience: Elected state school superintendent in 2010

Family: Wife Lorraine; one daughter


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Nathan Deal

Nathan Deal (i)

Residence: Demorest

Age: 71

Education: Juris doctor and bachelor’s degree, Mercer University

Occupation: Governor

Political experience: Elected governor in 2010, after four decades of political service, including as a prosecutor, judge, state senator and U.S. congressman

Family: Wife Sandra; four children; six grandchildren


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David Pennington

David Pennington

Residence: Dalton

Education: Economics degree, University of Georgia

Occupation: Founder of Advanced Insurance Strategies

Political experience: Mayor of Dalton

Family: Wife Pam; two children; grandchildren