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Qualifying complete; contested races abound

Incumbent district 2 commissioner George Brown was the final local candidate to qualify Friday, setting up his battle with challenger Charles Glass. Here is the final listing of candidates on the ballot for the July 20 general primary in Lamar County. County commission chairman: Incumbent Jay Matthews, 41, is running unopposed on the Republican ticket. Matthews resides on Fredonia Church Rd. and is employed with Georgia Rural Water Association. County commission district 1: Incumbent Bennie Horton Jr., 65, faces challenger Eric B. Shropshire, 34. Both are running as Democrats. Horton lives on 12th St. and is the owner of Horton’s Rendezvous. Shropshire lives on 4th St. and is in law enforcement. County commission district 2: Incumbent George R. Brown, 72, is being challenged by Charles Glass, 51. Both are Republicans. Brown lives on High Falls Rd. and is retired from Ford Motor Company. Glass lives on Sappington Rd., is a West Point graduate and retired from the U.S. Army. School board district two: Incumbent Republican Sue Simmons O’Neal, 56, is running unopposed. She resides on Harris Dr. and works as a financial aid counselor. School board district 4: Incumbent Republican Ronald (Ron) Smith, 58, is running unopposed. He lives on Grove St. and is in sales. School board at-large: Ryran R. Traylor, 35, and Danny R. Turner, 49, will do battle to take the seat now held by Ryan Christopher. Christopher did not seek reelection but says he has future political plans. Both Traylor and Turner are running as Republicans. Traylor lives on Martin Dairy Road and works in health care administration. Turner lives on Murphey Ave. and is a realtor. State senate district 16: Incumbent Republican Ronnie Chance, 41, is running unopposed. Chance lives in Tyrone and works in public relations. State house district 125: Three candidates are vying to replace Rep. Jim Cole who is not seeking reelection. They are Mary Alice Carter, 58, Susan Holmes, 67, and David Gault, 67. Carter lives in Mansfield and is a legal assistant. Holmes lives in Monticello where she is former mayor and is retired. Gault lives in Haddock and is retired. Carter and Holmes are running as Republicans. Gault is a Democrat. State house district 126: Incumbent David Knight, 40, is being challenged by Bill Mauldin, 38. Both are running as Republicans. Knight lives in Griffin and is a certified public accountant. Mauldin lives in Jackson and works in construction. State house district 127: Incumbent Billy Maddox, 36, is being challenged by Spencer Price, 46. Both are running as Republicans. Maddox lives in Zebulon and is an attorney. Price lives in Molena and is a physician. State house district 136: Republican incumbent Tony Sellier, 65, is being challenged by Sharon B. Howard, 39. Howard is running as a Democrat. Sellier lives in Ft. Valley and is a retired businessman. Howard lives in Byron and is a surgical technician.

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