May Primary election is next Tuesday

Published 5:13 pm Friday, May 18, 2018

Next Tuesday, May 22, is the May Primary/Nonpartisan General Election in Decatur County.

Voters should go to their assigned voting precinct to cast their ballots on election day.

At stake for this election are the Democratic and Republican nominees for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, commissioner of insurance, state school superintendent, commissioner of labor, two Public Service commissioners, and a nonpartisan judgeship for the Court of Appeals in Georgia. Some of these nomination races may end up being decided in the July 24 Runoff Election.

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The only contested race in Decatur County that will be decided on Tuesday is the District 6 Board of Education seat being vacated by Jacky Grubbs. Marvin Van Thomas and Eric Worthington are the two nonpartisan candidates in that race.

There are also several candidates on the ballot that are uncontested for the primary but will face opposition in the Nov. 6 General Election.

Incumbent Board of Education Member Keith Lyle, of District 2, goes back on the board without any opposition. Newcomer Mike Conder won the Board of Education, District 4, seat being vacated by longtime Chairman Sydney Cochran.

Those who will face opposition in November for County Commission are incumbent George Anderson (D, District 1) incumbent Pete Stephens (D, District 6), James “Jim” Meredith (R, District 1) and Oliver Sellers (R, District 6).

Incumbent County Commissioner Thomas R. “Rusty” Davis (D, District 4) and incumbent Solicitor General Benjamin Harrell (D) have won re-election without opposition.

Incumbent Wayne Thomas qualified for District Supervisor of Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission. His name will not be on the ballot until Nov. 6, but no one qualified to run against him.

Any necessary runoffs for the May Primary will be July 24.