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Special election set for area
Register by Oct. 5, if needed
Ella Golden
Ella Golden - photo by Courier file photo
If you’re not registered already, you have until Oct. 5 to sign up to participate in a special election Nov. 3 to decide who represents most of Liberty County in the state Senate.
Ten out of county’s 13 precincts will be open on Election Day so voters may choose the candidate of their choice for the District 1 State Senate seat, said Ella Golden, Liberty County interim supervisor of elections. Those precincts include the first, second, third, fifth, sixth, part of the ninth, the 11th, part of the 12th, part of the 13th and a “tiny bit” of the 14th, Golden said.
Former Sen. Eric Johnson resigned his seat earlier this month to run for governor The primary for the governor’s race will be next July and the general election will be on Nov. 2, 2010.
State Rep. Buddy Carter of Pooler, who represented House District 159, will run against Dr. Billy Hair of Savannah in the special election this November. A run-off, if needed, will be on Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Carter served as the Mayor of Pooler for five terms and was chairman of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Planning Commission and the Coastal Georgia Regional Development Center. He owns several pharmacies across metro Savannah.
Hair is a former Chatham County Commission chairman and formerly served as president for Savannah Technical College.
Municipal elections are also scheduled for Nov. 3 across Georgia, Golden said.
Only one city in Liberty County, Midway, will have an election on Nov. 3.
Flemington, which also was scheduled for a municipal election, will soon give public notice announcing the cancellation of its municipal election. According to Golden, the city is not required to hold an election because each of its incumbent candidates qualified and is running without opposition.
In Midway, incumbent council member Clemontine Washington is the only mayoral candidate. She will replace incumbent Don Emmons.
There are four seats open on the Midway City Council. Incumbents seeking re-election include Levern Clancy Jr. and Jim H. Woods. The other council candidates are Rose Mary Brown, Terry Doyle, Melice Hamilton, Curtes H. Roberts Sr. and Henry O. Stevens Jr., son of councilman Henry Stevens, who is not seeking re-election.
Midway residents also have until Oct. 5 to register, if they are not already, or if they’ve moved or changed names since they last voted. Midway residents can register at the Midway Civic Center or at the county registrar’s office on Commerce Street in Hinesville.
Liberty County voters can register at the registrar’s office or they can download a voter registration application from the secretary of state’s Web site at and mail it to the registrar’s office. The mail-in application must be postmarked by Oct. 5.
Polls for the special election will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Golden said voters can find a poll locater on the secretary of state’s Web site, complete with driving directions, or they may call her office at 876-3310 for more information.
Military members can also participate in the upcoming elections, the interim supervisor of elections said.
“If they’re in the municipality or county and choose to register here they can,” Golden said. However, she stressed they would then have to cancel their voter registration from another county or state.
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