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Believe It or Not, Early Voting Begins Next Week

The Harris County Journal of Hamilton, Georgia

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The local election scene is extremely busy with early voting beginning Monday.

Harris County Elections Supervisor Sherrail Jarrett reports that early voting begins Monday, Oct. 12 and will continue on weekdays until Friday, Oct. 30.

People can cast ballots from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and registered voters standing in line at 5 p.m. will be allowed to cast their ballot.

There is no Saturday voting for this election.

The municipal elections have generated a tremendous amount of interest with contested seats in every city. There is also one county-wide election on the ballot.

In Hamilton the election of Mayor should be easy as incumbent Mayor Becky Chambers is seeking re-election unopposed.

But then the election gets interesting as four people are seeking two council seats.

Incumbents Ann Bacher and aith Birkhead are facing challenges from Matthew Newberry and Ransom Farley.

The two candidates-eceiving the most votes will win the two seats.

There are three council eats up for grabs in Pine Mountain. Incumbents A'arren Aldrich, Josephine 3 ray and Jerry Teasley will face challenges from Bob Frey, Mary Ruth Mullins, and David White. The three candidates receiving the most votes will win the three seats.

The election process is a bit different in Shiloh as all elected officials face re-elect ion at the same time. There s no incumbent for Mayor and three candidates are seeking the position including: Ronnie Lipp, Billy McDaniel, and Paul Seitlinger. Of the four council posts, only one is being contested with Post 2 incumbent Jackie Culverson, Sr.icing a challenge from peggy Allen. Running unopposed are Timothy Carlisle for Post 1, Randolph Phillips for Post 3 and Sheron Cross for Post 4.

In Waverly Hall, incumbent Mayor Rusty Bowden is facing challenges from Billy Riles and Michael Varnum. Two council members are seeking re-election unopposed and they are Michael Harris for the Post 1 seat and Craig Marriner, Sr. for the Post 2 seat. The city is having a Special Election to fill the Post 5 seat with Geraldine Boddie and Donna McPherson seeking the position.

West Point has two people seeking the Mayor's seat with Deedee Godwin Williams challenging incumbent Drew Ferguson. Three city council seats are unopposed with Gerald Ledbetter, Sandra Thornton and Ben Wilcox seeking re-election.

The only county-wide item on the ballot regards the Harris County Board of Education SPLOST, or Special Purpose Local Option Sales lax.



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Original Publication Date: October 8, 2015



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