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Voting in most of county today
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Polls opened in most of Liberty County this morning and will remain open until 7 p.m.
Early reports were that turnout was light and predictions were that few qualified voters would cast ballots.
Races being decided here include the state Senate District 1 seat and Midway City Council. And for Midway residents that means trips to separate polls; the county's east-end annex for the municipal election, and the Dorchester Center for the Senate race.
Rural voters can cast ballots at their normal precinct poll.
The Senate seat came open when incumbent Eric Johnson resigned to concentrate on his bid for governor next year. That prompted Buddy Carter to resign from his House District 159 seat in the Effingham County/Pooler area, to run for the Senate in District 1.
Former Chatham County Commission Chairman Dr. Billy Hair also decided to challenge for the Senate seat.
District 1 covers most of Liberty County, except for the extreme western part.
In Midway, the most visible job up was mayor. Incumbent Don Emmons decided to not seek re-election. Incumbent council member, Clemontine Washington, who served as mayor pro tem recently, is the only candidate who qualified to run for mayor.
There are seven candidates competing for the four council seats, including incumbents Jim Woods and Levern Clancy. In addition to Washington, Henry Stevens Sr. decided to not seek a new term.
Stevens' son, Henry Jr., is among the five other challengers, who include Rose Brown, Terry Doyle, Melice Hamilton and Curtes Roberts.
Terms in Flemington city government also are expiring at the end of this year. Elections were called off, however, when only the incumbents qualified as candidates.
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