Jon Ossoff is a Georgia native, media executive, investigative journalist, and small business owner.
Since 2013, Jon has served as the CEO of Insight TWI, a now 30-year old media production company that investigates corruption, organized crime, and war crimes for international news organizations.
Jon earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a Master’s of Science from the London School of Economics.
Before embarking upon his career in journalism and media production in 2012, Jon worked as a national security aide for Georgia Congressman Hank Johnson, handling defense, foreign affairs, intelligence, and economic policy. In that capacity, Jon helped deliver constituent service and federal resources for our state, drafted legislative initiatives that passed both the House and Senate, investigated the mass surveillance of American citizens, worked to stop the spread of nuclear weapons, and helped root out corruption and abuse by federal contractors.
In 2017, Jon was the Democratic nominee in the Special Election for Georgia’s Sixth District. He entered the race at 29 years old, six weeks after Republican Congressman Tom Price had been re-elected by 24%.
It became the biggest Congressional race in American history, which Jon narrowly lost by 3% after mobilizing the strongest Democratic Special Election turnout in over a decade, doubling youth turnout from the 2014 midterm, and producing the highest-ever turnout for a stand-alone House Special Election of all time.
With the endorsements of his mentor Congressman John Lewis, Congressman Hank Johnson, Georgia State Legislative Black Caucus Chair Rep. Karen Bennett, and dozens of other leaders from around Georgia, Ossoff is challenging Senator David Perdue in 2020.
Reverend Raphael Warnock grew up in Kayton Homes public housing in Savannah. The family was short on money, but long on faith, love and humor. Raphael and his eleven brothers and sisters were taught the meaning of hard work.
Reverend Warnock’s father was a veteran, a small businessman, and a preacher. He spent the week hauling old cars to the local steel yard, and on Sundays he preached at a local church. Reverend Warnock’s mother grew up in Waycross, where she spent summers picking tobacco and cotton, and still lives in Savannah today. She worked hard to raise Raphael and his siblings to know that they could do anything they put their mind to.
When he enrolled at Morehouse College, Reverend Warnock didn’t know how he would pay the full tuition. With the help of low-interest student loans and Pell Grants Raphael graduated, earned a Ph.D., and was ordained in the ministry. Fifteen years ago, he was
chosen to serve as Senior Pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the former pulpit of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was the youngest pastor selected to serve in that leadership role at the historic church.
As Senator, Reverend Warnock will bring to Washington the concerns of struggling Georgia families who wonder why no one is looking out for them. He will focus on fighting for quality, affordable health care, for the dignity of working people who are paid too little as our government works more for Wall Street, and to make sure every voice is heard.
Reverend Warnock believes his impact does not stop at the church door, and has been an advocate to expand health care coverage and to ensure hardworking Georgians can make a living wage.
For over two decades, Daniel has given voice to the unseen, unheard, and unengaged communities left out of the dialogs surrounding the world’s biggest challenges. One of his most notable accomplishments was being appointed by the Chairman of the National Wildlife Federation to serve on an Environmental Policy Commission co-sponsored by members of the United States Congress to address renewable energy and public health issues in disadvantaged communities throughout America. Additionally, he worked with the D.C. based Environmental Working Group to advance mandatory GMO labeling legislation that would preempt state labeling laws while creating a national, mandatory GMO labeling standard for all GMO foods.
Daniel understands that while we are essentially One Georgia, the reality is we have many parts. For this reason, he is committed to bridging gaps that exist between Georgians in the Mountains, on the Coast, and throughout rural Georgia, all the way to the urban core of Atlanta and the Metro Atlanta Region.
Professionally, Daniel Blackman served as the Senior Vice President for Environmental Affairs and Sustainability at Capital Fortitude Business Advisors where he managed client relationships including business and political leaders, religious leaders, and government allies of the U.S., on social responsibility and intergovernmental affairs.
Politically, he partnered with the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan and Power Africa
Initiative, served as an advisor to the Congressional Black Caucus and EPA on Environmental Justice issues, and was appointed by former Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears to serve on the Georgia Supreme Court Commission on Children, Marriage and Family Law. In 2015, Daniel was honored as one of 65 global leaders to be invited to Vatican City to discuss the global impact of the climate crisis ahead of the Paris Climate Accords.
Daniel has been a guest lecturer at The United States Institute of Peace, Netroots Nation, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Tuskegee University, George Washington University, Howard University, Spelman College, and the University of Georgia.
He has been featured on TV and radio including CNN, NPR, Fox News, CBS Radio, CBS, Apple TV, and PBS; and has been featured in news publications including Grist, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Forbes, Slate, Rolling Out, and was a contributor for his local Forsyth County newspaper.
Mr. Blackman is author of the book “Nationalism without Compassion,” Board Member at ACLU of Georgia, and is an alum of Clark Atlanta University.
Daniel is from Columbus, Georgia, and lives in Forsyth County, Georgia with his wife and 3 sons, where he became the first African American to run for office.
What is the Role of a PSC?
The PSC is a 5-person body. Each Commissioner serves a 6-year term once elected.
The PSC regulates Georgia Power and Atlanta Gas Light and ultimately determines how much your power bills cost.
Every time you turn on the lights or plug in your phone to charge, the five Commissioners on the PSC decide where that energy comes from and how much you pay to use it.
The PSC also has the power to place a moratorium on electricity and gas disconnections - essential support for the thousands of Georgians struggling to pay bills during COVID-19. Daniel's opponent voted to end the moratorium.