Early voting for runoff begins SaturdayFrom Staff Reports
Early voting for the state House District 71 runoff begins Saturday, and a candidate forum will be held at 7 p.m. tonight at the Canongate at White Oak clubhouse.
The Special Election Runoff will be March 5 for the state representative District 71 seat. David Stover and Thomas Crymes were the top vote-getters in the Feb. 5 special election and now face one another in the runoff.
The precincts involved in the District 71 runoff election are Moreland, Sharpsburg, Raymond, Fischer Road, White Oak at Crossroads 154 Campus, Thomas Crossroads, Canongate, Turin, The Arts Centre, Madras, and Ebenezer Church Road.
The Turin and The Arts Centre are split precincts. Only those people residing in House District 71 will be able to vote at these split precincts, said elections officials.
Those who would like an absentee ballot for the runoff election may contact the Voter Registrar’s office at 770-254-2615.
There will be a link at the Coweta County website — www.coweta.ga.us — to election results from the Secretary of State’s website on election night.
The forum is sponsored by the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce.
In the Feb. 5 special election, Stover received 42.68 percent of the vote, with 1,166 votes. Crymes was a distant second with 545 votes, 19.95 percent.
The special election is being held because of the withdrawal of Robert Stokely, who was elected to the seat in 2012. Stokely withdrew before taking office to take a judgeship in Coweta Magistrate Court.
District 71 had been represented by Billy Horne, R-Sharpsburg.
Horne decided not to seek reelection in 2012.
The district covers most of the eastern portion of the Coweta, as well as a slightly wider swath in the southern end of the county.
The Senoia and Haralson areas are no longer in District 71, as a result of redistricting that took effect for the 2012 election.
The forum will follow a modified League of Women Voters format. Each candidate will give an opening statement, followed by questions that are asked to each candidate.
Candidates will have an opportunity to rebut the answers of their opponents, and the forum will end with closing statements.
Newnan-Coweta Chamber Chairman Dean Jackson will moderate the forum.
The Chamber held a forum for the original six candidates on Jan. 17. The runoff forum is a “follow-up to that forum,” Jackson said. “This is, in a sense, a continuation of that.”
Questions for tonight’s forum are being solicited from Chamber members as well as the general public. Questions should apply to both candidates equally. Questions may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org .
The original forum was held at the Wadsworth Auditorium in downtown Newnan. Jackson said the Chamber wanted to hold the second forum inside the House district.