Middle Georgians to decide key county elections Tuesday

mstucka@macon.comNovember 3, 2012 

  • How to vote Tuesday

    Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    Registered voters waiting in line to vote at 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

    To cast a ballot, people must show identification that includes a current or expired Georgia driver’s license; any valid state or federal government-issued photo ID, including voter ID cards issued by the county registrar’s office or the Department of Driver Services; a valid U.S. passport; a valid federal or state employee photo ID, or valid military photo ID; or a valid tribal ID.

    The easiest way to see sample ballots and voting locations is to visit mvp.sos.state.ga.us online. Voters also can call their election office when they open Monday. Middle Georgia telephone numbers include:
    Baldwin: (478) 445-4526
    Bibb: (478) 621-6622
    Crawford: (478) 836-1877
    Houston: (478) 987-1973
    Jones: (478) 986-3222
    Laurens: (478) 272-2841
    Monroe: (478) 994-7622
    Peach: (478) 825-3514
    Twiggs: (478) 945-3639

Tuesday’s 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 sheriff’s 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 Circuit’s 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, who’s 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 board’s 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 Tuesday’s ballots, voters will decide:

• Baldwin County commission seats in districts 1, 4 and 5;

• Bleckley County’s sheriff race between Republican incumbent Harold Lancaster and Democrat Johnny Blash III;

• Crawford County’s commission races in districts 2 and 4, as well as contests for sheriff, coroner and tax commissioner;

• Dodge County’s sheriff, as well as county commission races in an at-large post and districts 1 and 4;

• Dooly County’s races for County Commission District 5 and school board District 3;

• Jones County’s commission chairman’s race between Republican incumbent Preston Hawkins and Democrat Chuck Baker, as well as the County Commission District 4 race;

• Laurens County’s District 2 commission contest between Democratic incumbent D.M. Mullis Republican challenger John Martin;

• Monroe County’s race for commission chairman between Democratic incumbent James Vaughn and Republican challenger Mike Bilderback, as well as a fight for Commission District 1;

• Pulaski County’s race for sole county commissioner between Republican M.A. Butch Hall and Democrat Thomas Fisher.

• Twiggs County’s fight for the County Commission’s chairman post as well as Districts 1 and 4, plus Board of Education District 1;

• Wilkinson County’s race for Board of Education District 3 between Democratic incumbent Leroy Strange and Republican Robert Davidson.

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