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Only three seats contested in Liberty

Most incumbents get free ride back into office

POSTED: May 26, 2012 5:48 p.m.

All but three races in Liberty County’s local elections were decided by qualifying over the past week.

Primary and non-partisan elections are set for July 31 and the general election is Nov. 6.

None of the eight incumbents in constitutional offices were challenged, according to a list provided by the Liberty County Board of Elections and Registration.

Only three of the 15 races are contested this year: Liberty county commission chairman, county commission District 4 and board of education District 2.

“There was a mad rush on Wednesday, and today they all came back in to see who qualified against them,” Elections Supervisor Ella Golden said.

Because chairman contenders Maxie R. Jones IV and Donald Lovette are Democrats, their race should be decided by the July 31 primary election.

The race for BoC District 4 will stretch into November as Democrat incumbent Pat Bowen has been challenged by Republican Ted W. Eby.

The BoE seats are non-partisan. In District 2 incumbent Charlie J. Frasier is being challenged by Carolyn Smith Carter.

There also won’t be much choice on the state level. In General Assembly races, Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway, Sen. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, and Sen. Tommie Williams, R-Lyons, are unopposed.

Ron Stephens (R-Garden City) is being challenged by 23-year-old Richmond Hill Democrat Lauren Craddock.

U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston will face the winner of two Democrat candidates, Lesli Rae Messinger of Savannah and Nathan Russo of St. Simons Island.

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