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Lamar goes to the polls next Tuesday

By Walter Geiger Voters in the Towaliga Judicial Circuit, comprised of Lamar, Butts and Monroe counties, will make a decision on who will be their district attorney for the next four years in the general primary one week from today. Polling places throughout the county will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. May 24. Thus far, 198 Lamar voters have cast early ballots including 10 who cast their votes in a special weekend session this past Saturday. The district attorney’s race is the only local or regional race that will be decided in the primary. To vote in it, you must choose a Republican ballot. The race pits longtime incumbent Richard Milam against challenger Jonathan Adams. The following is a list of all candidates as they appear on local ballots: NON-PARTISAN BALLOT Supreme Court of Georgia: incumbent Justice David Nahmias, unopposed. Georgia Court of Appeals: incumbents Anne Elizabeth Barnes and Chris McFadden, both unopposed. Towaliga Circuit Superior Court Judge: incumbent Bill Fears, unopposed. Judge of Probate Court: incumbent Kathy Martin, unopposed. Chief Magistrate: incumbent Karen R. Jackson, unopposed. (Editor’s note: Non-partisan races appear on both the Democratic and Republican ballots.) DEMOCRATIC BALLOT United States Senate: Jim Barksdale, Cheryl Copeland, John F. Coyne III, James Knox. U.S. Congress, 3rd District: Tamarkus Cook, Angela Pendley. Sheriff: Frank Usher. Coroner: incumbent Jim. F. Smith, unopposed. Board of Education, District 1: incumbent Horace Hightower, unopposed. Question 1: Should Georgia invest less than 1% of its annual REPUBLICAN BALLOT budget to provide healthcare to 500,000 low-income citizens and military veterans by expanding Medicaid? Yes or No. Question 2: Should Georgia guarantee paid family leave to include pregnancy, serious illness, care of a family member with a serious health condition, or care for a newborn, newlyadopted child or newly-placed foster child? Yes or No. Question 3: Should private property on rivers and streams be protected by natural buffers to ensure that Georgia’s waters are swimmable, drinkable and fishable? Yes or No. Question 4: Should Georgia automatically register to vote all legal and permanent residents upon issuance of a driver’s license or state-issued ID which includes an opt-out provision? Yes or No. REPUBLICAN BALLOT United States Senate: Mary Kay Bacallao, Derrick Grayson, incumbent Johnny Isakson. Public Service Commissioner: Kellie Pollard Austin, incumbent Tim Echols, Michelle Miller. U.S. Congress, 3rd District: Samuel Anders, Mike Crane, Drew Ferguson, Chip Flanegan, Richard Mix, Jim Pace, Arnall ‘Rod’ Thomas. State Senate, 16th District: incumbent Marty Harbin, unopposed. State House, District 130: incumbent David Knight, unopposed. State House, District 131: incumbent Johnnie Caldwell, unopposed. District Attorney, Towaliga Circuit: Jonathan Adams, incumbent Richard Milam. Clerk of Superior Court: incumbent Caleb Tyson, unopposed. Sheriff: incumbent Brad White. Tax Commissioner: incumbent Andrea L. Anthony, unopposed. County Commission, District 3: Ryran Traylor, unopposed. County Commission, District 4: incumbent Nancy Thrash, unopposed. Board of Education, District 3: incumbent Susan Ware Byars, unopposed. Question 1: Should Georgia empower parents with the right to use the tax dollars allocated for the education of their children, allowing them the freedom to choose among public, private, virtual and home schools?

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