School board races
The only variances on Liberty County ballots where the candidates have competition will be for school board seats
The races for those seats will be on page 2 of the ballot, under the nonpartisan section and are:
In District 1 (southeast part of the county) Verdell Jones is running unopposed as incumbent Mattie Hicks is retiring.
In District 2 (Walthourville area into west Hinesville) incumbent Charlie Frasier is being challenged by Carolyn Smith Carter.
In District 3 (Gum Branch area into northwest Hinesville) incumbent Carol Guyett is being challenged by Marcus Scott.
The local races are for sheriff and two contested seats on the school board. A third seat is also ton he ballot, but it is not contested. The tax questions are whether to renew the county’s special purpose local option sales tax and whether homestead exemptions on county- and school-property taxes should be quickly transferrable to a surviving spouse when a homeowner of record dies.
So, most of the ballot that will be in voting machines in Liberty County on Tuesday will be the same. Our voters will decide the same national and statewide races.
All of the national and statewide races are contested.
Of course the president is contested, as are statewide U.S. Senate and two Public Service Commission seats. One seat on the statewide Court of Appeals judge on the non-partisan part of the ballot also is contested.
Also statewide, there are two state Supreme Court justices and two judges on the Court of Appeals on the ballot, but they do not have challengers.
The District 1 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives also is contested.
The variances on ballots in Liberty County are on smaller area offices, but the amount of competition drops off.
In legislative races, for example, most county voters will see Democrat Al Williams on their ballots, while those in the Fleming area will see Republican Ron Stephens and a few on post and in the Gum Branch area will see Republican Terry Bernard. They have have no competition, however.
It is the same in the state Senate. Most county voters will see Eric Johnson’s name’ while those in the Gum Branch area will see Tommie Williams.