Elections Qualifying

BOE members, state legislators draw challengers

by Sarah Fay Campbell

There are now contested races for seats on the Coweta County Board of Education, the State Senate, and one of the four State House seats that represent Coweta.

Jane Horne qualified Tuesday to challenge District 3 Board of Education member Harry Mullins, and Linda Menk qualified to challenge District 4 Board of Education member Graylin Ward.

The non-partisan school board election will be held May 20, as will the Republican and Democratic primaries for the Nov. 4 general election.

Incumbent State Senator Mike Crane, R-Newnan, and State Representative Carl Von Epps, D-LaGrange, picked up opposition Monday.

Crane is being challenged by Democrat Cynthia Bennett of Newnan.

Bennett ran for the District 28 seat in the special election held in 2011 to replace Mitch Seabaugh. Crane won the seat in a runoff. Bennett ran last year in the special election for the Georgia House District 71 seat vacated by Robert Stokely.

Von Epps is being challenged by Gene King of Gay. Von Epps has not qualified, as of Tuesday. King ran against Von Epps in 2008 and in 2011.

Two other school board posts are also up for election this year. District 1 at-large, held by Larry Robertson, and District 1, held by Amy Dees. Robertson qualified Tuesday; Dees has not qualified.

Coweta County Commissioners Tim Lassetter, who represents District 2, and Bob Blackburn, District 3, were unopposed as of Tuesday. Both have officially qualified.

Qualifying runs through Friday at noon.

State Representatives Lynn Smith, R-Newnan, who represents District 70, David Stover, R-Palmetto, who represents District 71, and Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, who represents District 72, were unopposed as of Tuesday, as was U.S. Congressman Lynn Westmoreland, a Republican who represents the Third District and lives in the Grantville area.

State Court Judge Seay Van Patton Poulakos is also unopposed.

Candidates for local non-partisan offices qualify with Coweta Elections Superintendent Jane Scoggins at the Coweta Board of Elections, located at 33 East Broad St. in the basement of the Coweta Administration building.

Candidates for county commission qualify with the Coweta County Republican Party at 14 Greenville Street in downtown Newnan or at the Coweta County Democratic Party at 8 Lee St., also in downtown Newnan.

Candidates for state and federal office qualify at the State Capitol in Atlanta.

For more information about qualifying, contact Scoggins at 678-854-0015.

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