Campaign Season

Election discussion begins

by Sarah Fay Campbell

Coweta County Commissioner Bob Blackburn is the first local elected official to officially announce he is seeking re-election this year.

The 2014 campaign season is almost here — qualifying for local and state offices is the first week of March.

Blackburn, who represents the county’s Third District, announced Friday that he was seeking a second term.

Also up for reelection this year is Second District Commissioner Tim Lassetter, and several other elected officials.

There are three seats on the Coweta County Board of Education up this year: District One at large, currently held by Larry Robertson; District One, held by Amy Dees; District Three held by Harry Mullins;and District Four held by Graylin Ward.

The other local seat up is the Coweta State Court judgeship held by Seay Van Patten Poulakos.

All state legislators, as well as congressmen and one U.S. Senate seat, are up, as are state offices including governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, labor commissioner, school superintendent and secretary of state. Also up will be some Georgia Supreme Court and Georgia Court of Appeals judges and some seats on the Georgia Public Service Commission.

Coweta County is served by four members of the Georgia House of Representatives: District 70 Rep. Lynn Smith, R-Newnan, District 71 Rep. David Stover, R-Palmetto, District 72 Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, and District 132 Rep. Carl Von Epps, D-LaGrange. Cowetans can vote for the representative for the district in which they live.

Coweta is served by one State Senator, Mike Crane, R-Newnan.

Coweta is served in the U.S. House of Representatives by Lynn Westmoreland, a Republican who lives in the Grantville area and serves Congressional District 3.

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss is not seeking re-election, and the race to fill his seat is one of the most hotly contested in Georgia. All Georgians are eligible to vote in that race.

The partisan primary, and nonpartisan election, will be May 20. County commission seats, and most state offices, are partisan, and candidates qualify as either Democrats or Republicans. School board seats and some judgeships are non-partisan.

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