Votes abound across midstate in November

alopez@macon.comOctober 12, 2013 

Three weeks after Macon and Bibb County voters elect the first mayor of their consolidated government, residents across Middle Georgia will pick their new leaders.

Here’s a look at races taking place in Crawford, Monroe, Jones, Baldwin, Wilkinson, Twiggs, Laurens and Macon counties on Nov. 5:

• Culloden: For city council, incumbents Ozzie Penamon, Margie Campbell and Julie Stallings face challenges from Emmit Brice, Margie Campbell and Melvin James.

• Dublin: For the three city council seats, newcomer Curtis Q. Edwards Jr. will join incumbents Jerry Davis and Gerald Smith Jr.

For the school board, incumbents Bonny B. Bedingfield, Richard E. Sheffield and John Allen Bell are running unopposed.

The city will also vote on whether to allow alcohol sales in convenience stores on Sundays and whether to allow restaurants to serve alcohol on Sundays.

• Dudley: Mayor Jason Locke is running unopposed.

For city council, incumbents Doyle Brown, Sandra C. Odom, and Keith S. Smith face challengers Dale Fuller and Ricky Harrison.

• Forsyth: The city is holding a special election to fill the council seats vacated by Desi Hansford and James Calloway, who pleaded guilty to corruption charges in September. Greg Goolsby, Alleta Mays, Mary Forde and Jimmy Jones are running to fill the two seats.

In the regular election, three council seats are up for grabs as incumbents Eric Wilson and Mike Dodd face challenges from Julius Stroud III, Dexter King, Tonya Battle-Walker, Lee Roberts and Rosemary Walker. Joanna Banks is not seeking re-election.

The city is also voting on whether to allow alcohol sales in convenience stores on Sundays.

Candidates will participate in a political forum at 6:30 p.m. Monday, at St. James Baptist Church.

• Gordon: Mayor Kenneth Turner is running against challenger Mary Whipple-Lou.

For city council, incumbents Phillis Payne, Tommy Smallwood and Kelly Dennard face challenges from Barbara Towles, James Whipple, William Sanders Jr., Doretha Whipple and George Wynn.

• Gray: Mayor August Wilson is running against challenger Stephen Tingen.

Incumbent Mayor Pro-tem Loretta Lipsey is running against Ed Barbee.

Three city council seats are up for grabs, as Richard Tipton challenges David Tufts in District 1, Grant Loosier faces Terrell Fulford in District 3, and Charles Meyers challenges Terry Favors in District 4. Benny Gray of District 2 will retain his seat.

The city is also voting on whether to allow alcohol sales in convenience stores on Sundays as well as whether to allow restaurants to serve alcohol on Sundays.

• Ivey: Mayor Ann Evans is being challenged by Daniel Lee Pope.

For city council, incumbents Regina Brantley and Judy Veal face Brenda J. Broach and Deborah A. Sanders.

• Marshallville: Valerie Davis, William Massee and Steve Lane are running for mayor.

• Milledgeville: John W. Grant Jr. is challenging Mayor Richard Bentley.

For the six city council seats, Andrew Sheppard is challenging Jeanette Walden in District 2; Phillip Smith is challenging Denese Shinholster in District 3; Daniel McDonald and Pam Beer are challenging Richard Mullins Jr. in District 5; and Andrew Strickland is challenging Steve Chambers in District 6. Walter Reynolds of District 4 and Collinda Lee of District 1 will retain their seats.

The city is also voting to fill the six seats on the Georgia Military College board of trustees.

• Montrose: Mayor Donnie Dixon is running unopposed.

For city council, Bradford N. Childers and Matthew Read are running in Post 1. Freddie Mack is running unopposed for Post 2.

• Roberta: Mayor Becky Smith is being challenged by Sherri Thompson.

• Twiggs County: Residents will vote on whether to approve a 1 percent special purpose local option sales tax.

To contact writer Andres David Lopez, call 477-4382.

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