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House candidate Kent Woerner (HD 8)


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Kent Allen Woerner (R-Tiger)


District 8 (Rabun, Union, Towns & White counties)


Kent Woerner

Kent Woerner

Kent Woerner has raised $56,000, mostly from local donors, for his race for the seat of retiring Rep. Steve Allison. Woerner also has the support of House Speaker David Ralston from nearby Blue Ridge; he and other House Republicans have chipped in more than $13,000 to the retired educator’s campaign.

Campaign website

Political career

  • Polled 23% in the May 2016 primary for House District 8; faces front-runner Matt Gurtler in a July 26 runoff.


  • Substitute teacher, Rabun County Mountain Education Center.
  • Retired principal, Rabun County Elementary School.

Business ownership interests

  • None disclosed.

Other fiduciary positions

  • Member, Woerner Family Partnership LP (oil & gas royalties).

Real estate holdings

  • Personal residence on five acres in Rabun County valued at $470,000.
  • Undeveloped 3.4-acre tract in Towns County valued at $40,000.

Other investments

  • Axa Equitable Financial Services LLC
  • Wells Fargo Advisors LLC

Payments from state agencies

  • $67,746 annual pension from Teachers Retirement System of Georgia.

Friends and Family

  • Woerner’s brother Scott, a safety for the University of Georgia and Atlanta Falcons football teams, was elected in 2016 to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Campaign contributions

Woerner has raised more than $56,000 in political donations in 2016.

  • Reported cash on hand (July 2016): $16,793

Top donors

  • $15,300 Rep. John Meadows & other Republican legislator
  • $2,500 Southern Polyurethanes
  • $2,400 Golden Memories Auction & owner Greg Peters
  • $1,999 Curtis Colwell, Blairsville, Ga., owner Colwell Construction Co.

Campaign-to-campaign donations

Candidates may give campaign funds to other candidates, a practice that some say provides a legal means to circumvent contribution limits. A 2003 bill to ban such transfers altogether passed in the Senate but died in the House. Woerner’s campaign has made no such donations.

 Posted July 21, 2016





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