Yes, there’s the presidential race, and two contested state Public Service Commission races. but all of the local elected officials are running unopposed with the exception of County Commission District 3. There’s also a Sunday alcohol sales referendum for the city of Orchard Hill.
Voters in District 3 will be choosing a new county commissioner between Democrat Rita Johnson and Republican Michael Renew. Incumbent Commissioner Bob Gilreath finished a distant third with only 23 votes in the Democrat primary to Johnson, who won without a run-off with runner-up Gregory McClarin.
Voters in Orchard Hill will be deciding if they want to approve Sunday alcohol sales within city limits for both package and by the drink sales, said the city’s attorney Chad Torri. Sunday sales, both package and by-the-drink sales are already permitted in the City of Griffin and in unincorporated areas of Spalding County.
Torri said the times for Sunday sales, between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., “are set by state law.”
The following races will be appear on all Spalding County ballots, according to Elections Supervisor Terry Colling:
• President, with incumbent Democrats President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden facing Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, and Libertarians Gary Johnson and James P. Gray, as well as several certified write-in candidates.
• Public Service Commission District 3 incumbent Republican Chuck Eaton facing challengers Democrat Stephen Oppenheimer and Libertarian Brad Ploeger.
• Public Service Commission District 5, incumbent Republican Stan Wise facing challenger Libertarian Darius Patillo.
• U.S. Congress District 3, incumbent Republican Lynn Westmoreland faces write-in challenger David Ferguson.
• State Senator District 16, incumbent Republican Ronnie Chance of Tyrone is unopposed.
• District Attorney, incumbent Republican Scott Ballard is unopposed.
• Clerk of Superior Court, incumbent Republican Marcia Norris is unopposed.
• Sheriff, incumbent Republican Wendell Beam is unopposed.
• Tax Commissioner, incumbent Republican Sylvia Hollums is unopposed.
• Coroner, incumbent Republican Sonny Foster is unopposed.
• Towaliga Soil & Water District Supervisor, candidate Danny C. Meadows is unopposed.
• State Constitutional Amendment 1 on state charter schools.
• State Constitutional Amendment 2 on allowing multi-year rental agreements for state agencies.
There are two uncontested races for County Commission in District 1 and District 4 which will only be on the ballot for voters in those districts. In District ,1 it is incumbent Democrat Gwen Flowers-Taylor, and in District 4 it will be Republican primary winner Bart Miller, who defeated two-term incumbent commissioner Eddie Freeman.
There are also two uncontested state House races, which will only be on the ballot for voters in those districts. In those, the incumbent Republicans are John Yates, District 73, and David Knight, District 130.
For those registered to vote, advanced (in-person) voting ontinues, Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Nov. 2. For those who want or need to vote early on a Saturday, the state mandated advanced voting Saturday will be Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Early voting is being held at 825 Memorial Drive, next to the Elections Office in the Memorial Drive Plaza. Valid photo ID is required when voting in person during the early voting event, Voters are advised to use the driveway closest to the cemetery.
Voters can verify status as well as view and download sample ballots at the MY VOTER PAGE on the Secretary of State’s website www.sos.ga.gov.