Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series of profiles on Democrat and Republican candidates for U.S. Senate
One of the new faces in the race to unseat U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock is not a newcomer to Republican politics in Georgia. Josh Clark served two terms in the Georgia House of Representatives before stepping aside and returning to private life even though he was unopposed. He had signed a term limit pledge.
Now he’s ready to step back into politics. He is one of a handful of Republicans seeking the party nomination and winning the seat back. Other Republicans in the race are Herschel Walker, Georgia Ag Commissioner Gary Black, Latham Saddler, Kelvin King, Jonathan McColumn and James Nestor. Democrats in the race are Warnock and Tamara Jophnson-Shealey.
“Back in 2002, when Democrats last held Georgia’s two U.S. Senate seats, I went door to door to build up our state’s Republican party,” Clark says. “And I will not stand by and see our conservative principles and values go unrepresented in the U.S. Senate once again. I respect my opponents for the GOP nomination; however, as a former Georgia State Representative, I believe I’m the only one with the experience and ability to defeat out-of-touch liberal Raphael Warnock in November. Unlike my opponents, I have the experience to go to work fighting for Georgia on day one.”
Clark says while the field is large, he holds several advantages over his opponents:
“None have legislative experience. The U.S. Senate is a six-year term and the highest legislature in the land. With this current crisis upon us, we can’t afford to roll the dice on unproven candidates,” Clark says on his website. “None have a proven conservative track record. Just because you’re a celebrity, military or bureaucrat doesn’t necessarily mean you are conservative. After all, Washington is in turmoil because the people we elected, who campaigned like conservatives, have repeatedly disappointed us by caving to special interests in Washington.”
His top three issues are:
- Liberty: “Our freedom is under assault with unconstitutional mandates.
- Budget: “With nearly $30 trillion in debt we MUST balance our budget and stop stealing from future generations.”
- Borders: “We must stop the flow of sex traffickers, drugs, criminals and terrorists from crossing our borders.”
Other issues are defending the Second Amendment, Strong National Defense, Pro-Life, Term Limits, Education, Lower Taxes, Energy Dependence and Securing Elections.