Olens gets a Dem challenger

Greg Hecht, a former state senator and vanquished lt. gov candidate, will mount a longshot challenge to the attorney general.


On Monday, Georgia Democrats got another candidate for statewide office in 2014.

Former state Senator Greg Hecht is reportedly set to mount a challenge to Republican Attorney General Sam Olens, likely a longshot run by any metric.

Last week, Democratic Party of Georgia chair DuBose Porter promised the party would field more candidates for down-ballot races, and said he’d secured a challenge to the attorney general, who was first elected in 2010.

“Exceptional people are stepping forward,” he said. “We’ll have more than people ever expected.”

How credible their chances are at toppling incumbent Republicans, who occupy every statewide post, is another matter. Hecht himself has run statewide before, having run in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor in 2006.

He didn’t make it into the general election. After making a runoff with Jim Martin, he was downed by roughly 25 percentage points.

-Brandon Howell

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