Voters get ready to head to the polls

Thu, 07/10/2008 - 4:43pm
By: Ben Nelms

The July 15 primary election may not come with a packed house of candidates but it will come with a sprinkling of contested races that will provide a preview of things to come in November.

Of the three county commission seats up for election, only the District 4 race will see action July 15 when Gary DeGeorge, Jr. will face Rodney Brooks in the Republican primary. With no Democratic opponent to face in November, Republicans will carry the seat being vacated by Commissioner Leigh Schlumper.

The outcome of the District 1 and 5 county commission races will not be decided until the fall, when District 1 Commissioner Paul Poole (R) will face Democratic challenger Bill Wood and District 5 Republican Rob Brass will face Democrat Al Smith.

The race for Coweta Coroner will see Mike Hutson facing off against Ray Yeager, Jr. Both will be on the Republican ballot. Also on the Republican side for Solicitor-General are Randy Coggin going up against incumbent Robert Stokely.

On the Democratic primary ballot, voters will have a choice of candidates for U.S. Senate and Public Service Commission. Electors will choose between five candidates for the Senate seat, including Dale Cardwell, Vernon Jones, Rand Knight, Josh Lanier and Jim Martin. The winner of a potential run-off election will face Sen. Saxby Chambliss in November.

And voters on both sides of the political aisle will make their decision for Public Service Commission. Democrats will choose between Bob Powell and Bob Indech to succeed Angela Speir, while on the Republican ballot voters will select candidates for two commission seats. Pam Davidson will face Lauren McDonald, Jr. for the seat held by Speir and Rick Collum will be pitted against incumbent H. Dough Everett.

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