Jon Ossoff is challenging first term Senator David Perdue (R) in one of two Georgia Senate contests this year. Perdue, who is a down-the-line supporter of President Trump, has been caught up in the stories about his stock trades during Coronavirus pandemic.
Georgia is a state that has been dramatically shifting from its Republican roots in recent years as fast growing suburbs around Atlanta and elsewhere have swung toward the Democrats. With a special election for the second Georgia Senate seat, both contests are tossups. The state also will be a battleground state at the presidential level this year with state Democrats organizing a massive voter registration and outreach drive.
Ossoff is an experienced candidate and has been surging in fundraising, organization and expertise on national security issues. He has a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics. Ossoff worked as a national security aide to Rep. Hank Johnson for five years. He now leads a business that produces investigations targeting war crimes, corrupt officials, and organized crime for international news organizations.
In 2017, Ossoff ran in a special House election. While he broke national fundraising records for a House candidate and became a national sensation, he fell just short in the contest. That electoral experience has shaped his race this time, and polls show Ossoff and Perdue essentially tied.
If elected, nuclear non-proliferation and global nuclear weapons reductions will be among Ossoff’s top priorities.