POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: President Obama endorses U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson in re-election bid

During a past trip to Atlanta, U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson greets President Barack Obama. This week, Obama endorsed Johnson in his re-election bid.

During a past trip to Atlanta, U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson greets President Barack Obama. This week, Obama endorsed Johnson in his re-election bid.

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson has the White House on his side in his race for a fifth term.

Earlier this week, President Barack Obama endorsed the congressman, a Democrat whose Fourth District includes portions of western and southern Gwinnett.

“Congressman Johnson has done an outstanding job,” President Obama said in a press release. “Together, we are fighting to restore middle class security and expand opportunity for all Americans. I’ve worked with Congressman Johnson as we’ve extended the security of health care to millions and pulled our economy back from the brink of collapse while protecting consumers and passing historic Wall Street reform. I am proud to stand with Hank and support his re-election.”

Johnson is focusing his campaign on the economic issues facing the families if his district, as the state and the area is facing higher unemployment rates than the rest of the nation, and campaign officials said Obama’s endorsement is a indication that the president values Johnson’s partnership in working to create jobs and improve the economy.

“I am honored by President Obama’s endorsement,” said Johnson, who was challenged by Stone Mountain man Tom Brown in the May Democratic primary. “My top priority in Congress is creating jobs in the Fourth District and working with the President to continue to grow our economy.”

The DeKalb man said he has brought more than $250 million in federal funds to the district for schools, roads and police.

“I am proud of my strong record in Congress and look forward to meeting new voters and constituents and continuing to work for the people of this District,” Johnson said.

“We need Congressman Johnson’s dedicated efforts back in Congress to continue working with me to bring good, secure middle-class jobs to the greater metro Atlanta area and our nation,” Obama added.

Libertarian nominees announces

Republicans and Democrats won’t be the only party on the ballot this November.

But instead of duking it out in a May primary, the Libertarian Party of Georgia selected its slate for the 2014 ballot during a convention in Marietta last weekend.

Atlanta entrepreneur Andrew Hunt will be at the top of the ticket, running for governor, battling against President Jimmy Carter’s grandson, Democrat Sen. Jason Carter, and Gov. Nathan Deal or one of his Republican challengers.

The Libertarian Party is fielding its first female candidate for U.S. Senate, with former Flowery Branch Councilwoman Amanda Swafford taking on the campaign to replace Saxby Chambliss.

And auditor and volunteer Aaron Gilmer will run for Public Service Commission in the District 4 slot, bringing another challenge to Bubba McDonald, who faces two fellow Republicans in the primary and another Democrat in the general election.

“I’m very proud of the quality of talented candidates we fielded for the 2014 election. The hard work of our candidates and activists in the past brought more people, talent, and funding to our growing party,” said Doug Craig, chairman of the Libertarian Party of Georgia. “This is a very exciting time to be a Libertarian, as we continue to be the only party in Georgia focused on making government smaller, reducing the burdensome taxes, and standing up for more freedom.”

In addition to backing a state House candidate in Woodstock, the party also selected its executive committee for 2014 and hosted former Virginia gubernatorial candidate Robert Sarvis at last weekend’s convention.

For more information on the group, go to LPGeorgia.com.

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