Registered Lamar County voters go to the polls today to cast ballots in the General Primary. Polling places throughout the county will be open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Early voting ended Friday. Statewide early turnout set new records and elections superintendent Anita Reid and her staff have been busy as well. They processed 1496 advance ballots and 118 absentee ballots during the early voting period.
Voters in Milner will cast ballots in a special election to fill an empty slot on the city council. Christopher Eady and Rickey Fallings are seeking that post.
Three other races will be decided today. The most high-profile of those is that for county commission chairman. James Hyde and Ryran Traylor are running for county commission chairman on the Republican ballot. The winner will face no Democrat opposition in November and will take office next January, replacing incumbent Charles Glass who did not seek reelection.
Traylor stepped down as District 3 commissioner to seek the chairman’s post. A special election to fill that seat will be held in November.
Incumbent District 1 county commissioner Bennie Horton is being challenged by fellow Democrat Jarrod B. Fletcher. The winner face no GOP opposition this fall.
Incumbent District 135 state representative Beth Camp (R) faces challenger Dan Brue (R). The winner in that race has no Democrat opposition in the general election.
The most crowded field of candidates can be found in the race for District 2 county commissioner where incumbent Bob Heiney is also not seeking reelection.
Four Republicans are seeking the nomination in that race. They are Don Coffey, William Daniel, Chase Hassey and Jason Lovett. A runoff is likely in that battle. The winner will face Democrat U’Landa Barkley in November.
Veteran District 2 school board member Sue O’Neal also declined to seek reelection. Robyn L. Roche is running unopposed for that spot.
Other Candidates running unopposed:
Towaliga Circuit Judge of Superior Court: Incumbent Tommy Wilson.
School Board (at large): Incumbent Danny Turner (R).
School Board District 4: Incumbent Ron Smith (R).
Races to be decided in November:
State Senate Dist. 16: Incumbent Marty Harbin (R) vs. Pingke Dubignon (D).
State House Dist. 134: Incumbent David Knight (R) vs. Anthony Dickson (D).
In the gubernatorial battle, Stacey Abrams is the lone Democrat in the race. Battling incumbent Republican Brian Kemp for the GOP nomination are Catherine Davis, David Perdue, Kandiss Taylor and Tom Williams.
Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan is not seeking reelection. Multiple candidates are in this race. The Democrat candidates are Erick E. Allen, Charlie Bailey, Tyrone Brooks, Jr., Tony Brown, Kwanza Hall, Jason T. Hayes, Derrick L. Jackson, R. Malik and Renitta Shannon.
The Republicans battling for the nomination are Burt Jones, Mack McGregor, Butch Miller and Jeanne Seaver. Also seeking the post is Libertarian Ryan Graham.
In the US Senate race, incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock faces a primary challenge from fellow Democrat Tamara Johnson-Shealey. Six Republicans are battling it out for the nomination in the primary. They are Gary W. Black, Josh Clark, Kelvin King, Jonathan McColumn, Latham Saddler and Herschel Walker.
In the 3rd District Congressional race, incumbent Republican Drew Ferguson faces a challenge from fellow Republican Jared Craig in the primary. The winner will face Democrat challenger Val Almonord in November.
Other statewide races:
Secretary of State: Incumbent Republican Brad Rafffensperger has multiple challengers. The Republicans are David Belle Isle, Jody Hice and T.J. Hudson. The Democrats are Dee Dawkins-Haigler, John Eaves, Floyd Griffin, Bee Nguyen and Michael Owens.
Attorney General Chris Carr faces fellow Republican John Gordon in the primary. Running for the Democrat nomination are Jennifer Jordan and Christian Wise Smith. Lurking on the November ballot will be Libertarian Martin Cowen.
Incumbent Commissioner of Agriculture Gary W. Black is running for US Senate. Those in the race to replace him are Republican Tyler Harper, Democrats Winfred Dukes, Nakita Hemingway and Fred Swann and Liberatarian David Raudabaugh.
Incumbent Insurance Commissioner John King has two opponents in the GOP primary. They are Ben Cowart and Patrick Witt. Battling for the Democrat nomination are Raphael Baker, Janice Laws Robinson and Matthew Wilson.
Incumbent State School Superintendent Richard Woods faces John Barge in the Republican primary. Democrats seeking the post are Currey Hitchens, Jaha V. Howard, James Morrow, Jr., and Alisha Thomas Searcy.
Labor Commissioner Mark Butler (R) is not seeking reelection. Democrats in this race are William Boddie, Jr., Thomas Dean, Nicole Horn, Lester G. Jackson, III and Nadia Surrency. Republicans on the ballot are Kartik Bhatt, Mike Coan and Bruce Thompson.