House District 97: Republican candidates

Brooks P. Coleman Jr.

Age: 74

Education: Bachelor’s degree, Mercer University; master’s degree, University of Georgia; specialist’s degree, University of Georgia and Georgia State University; doctorate, Georgia State University

Occupation: Retired assistant superintendent and teacher, current motivational speaker and auctioneer

Political experience: Georgia House of Representatives, House Education chairman

Family: Wife Mary; daughter Amy; grandchildren Patrick and Theresa

Dahlys Hamilton

Education: Bachelor’s degree in psychology; master’s in metaphysics; doctorate in comparative religions

Occupation: Founder, Metro Connect and Metro Atlanta Business Network

Political Experience:

Family: Husband Greg; daughter Janelle

James “Jef” Fincher

Occupation: Owner of Atlanta Realty Consultants

Family: Wife Kathy; daughters Maggie and Kelley; grandchildren Patrick and Molly


» Coleman to seek re-election, but has competition

» Jef Fincher is second to challenge Rep. Brooks Coleman in primary