Primary elections scheduled
by Sarah Fay Campbell
It’s official. The general election primary will be held May 20.
This week, Governor Nathan Deal signed into law House Bill 310, putting state elections in line with federal elections. Federal election dates were set after the U.S. Department of Justice sued Georgia, alleging the state wasn’t giving overseas voters enough time to vote in federal runoff elections.
Several county offices are eligible for election in 2014, along with nearly all state-elected offices. Qualifying for all races will be held March 3 through 7. The voter registration deadline is April 21.
A primary runoff, if necessary, will be held July 22. The general election will be Nov. 4. A state runoff, if needed, will be Dec. 2, and a federal runoff, if needed, will be Jan. 6.
In Coweta, Commission District Three, currently held by Bob Blackburn, and District Two, held by Tim Lassetter, are in line for election.
On the Coweta County Board of Education, the elective seats are District One at large, held by Larry Robertson; District One, held by Amy Dees; District Three, held by Harry Mullins; and District Four, held by Graylin Ward.
The Coweta State Court judgeship held by Seay Van Patten Poulakos is also in line for 2014 elections.
All state legislators are elective, as well as congressmen and one U.S. Senate seat. State offices including governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, labor commissioner, school superintendent and secretary of state are in line for election.
Coweta is served by four members of the GA House of Representatives: District 70, State Rep. Lynn Smith, R-Newnan; District 71, State Rep. David Stover, R-Palmetto; District 72, State Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City; and District 132, State Rep. Carl Von Epps, D-LaGrange. Coweta is served by one State Senator, Mike Crane, R-Newnan.
In the U.S. House of Representatives, Coweta is served by Lynn Westmoreland, a Republican who lives in the Grantville area and serves Congressional District 3.
U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss is not seeking reelection, and the race to fill his seat is one of the most hotly contested in Georgia.