State Senate, House candidates now gearing up for November
by W. Winston Skinner
On Tuesday night, Mike Crane, Cynthia Bennett, Gene King and Bob Trammell were able to take it easy.
Now their work begins. The four had no opposition in their respective primaries on Tuesday.
In the general election on Nov. 4, Republican King and Democrat Trammell will face each other for the State House District 132 seat, and Democrat Bennett and Republican Crane will be vying for the State Senate District 28 post. Crane is the incumbent.
District 132 includes precincts in south Coweta County as well as Meriwether and Troup counties. Longtime Democratic State Rep. Carl Von Epps decided earlier this year not to seek re-election.
Epps has endorsed Trammell, a Luthersville attorney. King, a Meriwether County businessman and former Coweta resident, has run for the post before.
Bennett, a longtime Coweta educator, met with supporters on Tuesday. Focusing on economic stability, educational success, elder care safety and environmental security, Bennett remarked on the strengths of the district and the potential success that exists on the horizon if smart individuals are brought into the General Assembly this fall.
She spoke of Georgia's potential to become the solar energy capital of the southeastern United States, bringing renewable energy development as well as high-quality jobs and stable incomes to the region.
Gov. Nathan Deal triumphed over two challengers in the Republican Primary. He faces a strong challenge in November from Jason Carter, a state senator and grandson of former President Jimmy Carter. Libertarian Andrew Hunt is also running for governor and will be on the Nov. 4 ballot.
Lauren “Bubba” McDonald defeated two challengers to be the Republican nominee for his seat on the Public Service Commission. With 155 of 159 counties reporting, McDonald had 62.3 percent of the vote. He and his two opponents – Douglas Kidd and Craig Lutz – participated in their first forum, sponsored by the Coweta County Republican Party, in Newnan in April.