The four candidates for Georgia GOP chair will debate Tuesday night, March 14, at the Buckhead Republicans’ monthly meeting.

The candidates include veteran GOP strategist John Watson, Atlanta attorney Alex Johnson, District 12 Georgia GOP chair Mike Welsh and the current vice-chair of the party, Michael McNeely.

They are campaigning to replace the current chair, John Padgett, who decided not to run for a third two-year term.

Fundraising will likely be brought up at the debate. Although the party won all statewide offices in the 2014 midterm elections and won Georgia for President Donald Trump, federal financial disclosures show the party is in debt and had $56,000 in cash on hand at the end of 2016. In 2008, they ended the year with $1.5 million.

The debate will be held at 7 p.m. at Cross Creek Café, which is located at 1221 Cross Creek Parkway in Buckhead.

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