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.
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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.