Tuesdays elections not only feature a highly polarizing presidential race, but also a slew of local races.
While the presidential race between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney headlines this election season, Middle Georgia voters also will be settling county-level contests.
Middle Georgia voters are eying county commission, school board and sheriffs races, as well as elections to decide state senators and state representatives to send to the Gold Dome in Atlanta. Also on tap are the Macon Judicial Circuits district attorney and various coroner positions.
And with early voting completed, voters last chance to weigh in on the races is Election Day on Tuesday.
Prominent among the races is Democrat David Lucas fight to become a Georgia state senator in District 26, which stretches from Bibb and north Houston counties to Hancock County. Lucas beat the incumbent, Miriam Paris, in the primaries and now faces Republican Bobby Gale. Other Senate races include District 15 and District 25.
Local state House races are highlighted by District 145, where voters will experience déjà vu in a repeat of the race between incumbent Rusty Kidd, whos an independent, and Democrat Quentin Howell, who challenged Kidd two years ago. That race will be played out in Baldwin County and parts of Putnam County. Also prominent is the District 144 race between Republican incumbent state Rep. Bubber Epps and Democratic challenger Mary Ann Whipple-Lue. That election district covers an unusual number of counties, including all or parts of Bibb, Bleckley, Houston, Jones, Laurens and Wilkinson. And the District 150 House race pits Republican incumbent Matt Hatchett of Dublin against Democratic challenger Sheikh Rahman of Dublin.
Voters in Bibb, Crawford and Peach counties also will decide a rematch between Republican incumbent Greg Winters and Democratic challenger David Cooke, who is trying again to become district attorney.
In Bibb County, the race for commission chairman is among the most-watched contests. Democrat Sam Hart, the incumbent, faces a challenge from Republican Tom Wagoner. Voters in western Bibb also need to settle a District 4 race between Democratic incumbent Commissioner Joe Allen and Republican Robert Abbott. Voters in the school boards District 3 race will pick between Democratic incumbent Susan Sipe and Republican Angela Freeman, while District 4 school board voters will choose from newcomers Lester Miller, a Republican, and Dominique Johnson, a Democrat.
The county also features a race for clerk of Superior Court between Republican Linda Tillman and Democrat Erica Woodford.
Voters in Peach County get to vote in the Post 5 at-large race between Democratic incumbent Melvin Walker and Republican Michael Gilstrap.
Elsewhere, voters will weigh Sunday alcohol sales. Package sales are being considered by voters in separate elections in Baldwin County, Milledgeville, Crawford County, Roberta and Monroe County.
In other races on Tuesdays ballots, voters will decide:
Baldwin County commission seats in districts 1, 4 and 5;
Bleckley Countys sheriff race between Republican incumbent Harold Lancaster and Democrat Johnny Blash III;
Crawford Countys commission races in districts 2 and 4, as well as contests for sheriff, coroner and tax commissioner;
Dodge Countys sheriff, as well as county commission races in an at-large post and districts 1 and 4;
Dooly Countys races for County Commission District 5 and school board District 3;
Jones Countys commission chairmans race between Republican incumbent Preston Hawkins and Democrat Chuck Baker, as well as the County Commission District 4 race;
Laurens Countys District 2 commission contest between Democratic incumbent D.M. Mullis Republican challenger John Martin;
Monroe Countys race for commission chairman between Democratic incumbent James Vaughn and Republican challenger Mike Bilderback, as well as a fight for Commission District 1;
Pulaski Countys race for sole county commissioner between Republican M.A. Butch Hall and Democrat Thomas Fisher.
Twiggs Countys fight for the County Commissions chairman post as well as Districts 1 and 4, plus Board of Education District 1;
Wilkinson Countys race for Board of Education District 3 between Democratic incumbent Leroy Strange and Republican Robert Davidson.