Early voting in city races starts Monday
Early voting in municipal elections begins Monday in Liberty and Long counties and lasts through Oct. 30. Election Day is Nov. 3.
There are contested races in Hinesville for mayor and four of the five City Council seats, in Walthourville for mayor and two City Council seats, and in Riceboro for mayor.
Riceboro City Council has seven candidates running for four seats, including all four incumbents, and the top four vote-getters in citywide voting win the seats.
Ludowici has a contested mayor’s race, but all five incumbent City Council members are running unopposed.
Voters who want to vote early in the Hinesville, Riceboro and Walthourville elections may do so from
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Liberty County Historic Courthouse, 100 N. Main St. in Hinesville.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at the usual polling places in those cities and Ludowici. People should be residents of the city in which they seek to vote, and they must bring valid photo identification, such as a driver’s license.
Here is a schedule of election coverage in the Coastal Courier:
• Today: Hinesville mayor;
• Wednesday: Hinesville City Council, Districts 1 and 2;
• Sunday, Oct. 18: Hinesville City Council, Districts 3 and 5
• Wednesday, Oct. 21: Walthourville mayor and council
• Sunday, Oct. 25: Riceboro mayor and council
• Wednesday, Oct. 28: Ludowici mayor.
All election stories, as well as video of the Liberty County Joint Political Forum, which was held Monday evening, can be seen at coastalcourier.com/election2015.
Early voting in municipal elections starts Monday and lasts through Oct. 30. Here is some general information on the mayoral candidates for registered Hinesville voters based on previous coverage and their campaign social media.
His main issues include youth services, making Hinesville a business-friendly city, an income increase for city first responders and bringing back the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. Adams, 51, is a former business owner of the Colloseum and manager of Big Apple and Starlight. Adams worked in the U.S. Navy for three years as an advanced avionics technician and served on the USS Kennedy. He is currently a taxi driver with Yellow Cab and says it allows him to meet the wide range of people who live in Hinesville. His family includes wife Jodee and five children.
His main issues include bringing back SPLOST, bringing in industry and new business, and developing a new sense of community for the city. Brown, 68, was mayor of Hinesville from 1992-1999. He graduated from “Bradwell Institute in 1965 and attended the University of South Carolina and Georgia Southwestern University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing,” according to his campaign website. He is a real-estate broker and owner of two Century 21 offices as well as the chairman of the Liberty County Development Authority. His family includes wife Debbie and one daughter.
His main issues include youth and family activities, community development and fiscal responsibility, and he is the only Hinesville mayoral candidate against bringing back SPLOST. Eason, 32, served in the U.S. Air Force and worked as an imagery analyst for two years. He is the owner of Uncommon Grounds in downtown and is pastor of Crossroads Church. His family includes wife Jessie and four daughters.
His main issues include bringing back SPLOST, supporting the city’s relationship with Fort Stewart, and improving growth of business in Hinesville. “In 1987, Charles C. Frasier became the first African-American elected to Hinesville City Council,” according his campaign Facebook page. Frasier, 69, said he was also the first African-American to own property in downtown Hinesville on M.L. King Jr. Drive, where the Heritage Bank parking lot currently is. He is an Air Force and Vietnam War veteran. Frasier attended “Canal Zone Junior College and Armstrong State College,” according to his campaign website. Frasier is currently a councilman for District 1 and is the mayor pro tem. His family includes wife Shirley and four children.
Liston Singletary III
His main issues include fiscal responsibility, economic development, youth programs, public safety and quality of life. He is also for the return of SPLOST. Singletary, 53, is a 24-year veteran of the U.S. Army and a president emeritus of the Liberty County Branch of the NAACP and 1st vice president emeritus of the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Armstrong State University, and he is completing a master’s degree in management and leadership at Webster University. He is the founder and CEO of Coastal Mediation and Associates LLC. His family includes fiancée Rhonda Williams and four children.