Elections

Milledgeville mayoral post, Houston House seat on the line Tuesday

Voters in two midstate counties will head to the polls Tuesday to choose a mayor and a state representative.

In Baldwin County, a runoff between Floyd Griffin Jr. and Gary Thrower will culminate in a new mayor for Milledgeville.

Either Griffin or Thrower will replace interim Mayor Jeanette Walden, a councilwoman who assumed the job after former Mayor Richard Bentley resigned in February with health problems. The next month, Bentley was charged with insurance fraud.

Griffin, a former Milledgeville mayor and former state senator, received 44.6 percent of the vote in the special election last month, while Thrower, a political newcomer, received 32.9 percent of the vote. Business owner Melba Burrell came in third and is not in the runoff.

In Houston County, three men are seeking to replace state Rep. Larry O’Neal, R-Bonaire, the House majority leader who resigned earlier this year to accept a judgeship with the Georgia Tax Tribunal.

The candidates for the House District 146 seat are Shaw Blackmon, president and CEO of National Bank Products; Kelly Burke, an attorney and former Houston County district attorney; and Larry Walker III, an insurance agency owner.

Voters 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. Polls are open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

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