County seats likely decided on July 20

By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL sarah@newnan.com The winners of two seats on the Coweta County Board of Commissioners will likely be decided in the July 20 Republican primary. Voters in the primary will also choose the Republican or Democratic nominees for a host of state offices, including governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, state school superintendent, and several others.
Two Coweta legislators, unopposed in the primary, will be facing opposition in November. Congressman Lynn Westmoreland, R-Grantville, is being challenged by Democrat Frank Saunders, a teacher and coach from Midland. And State Rep. Lynn Smith, R-Newnan, is being challenged by Keith Tompkins of Newnan, who plans to run as an independent. Because there are no Democratic candidates for the two county commission posts, the winners will be chosen in July, barring any independent or third-party entrants to the race. Eddie Wilson is challenging incumbent Tim Lassetter for the second district seat on the county commission. Three candidates: Bob Blackburn, George "Kett" Harper, and David Stover, are vying for the third-district seat, which is being vacated by Randolph Collins. Voters in two Coweta precincts will be casting their ballots in different locations this year. The Greentop precinct will no longer be located at the Greentop Road fire station, said Elections Superintendent Jane Scoggins. The new location will be the gymnasium at Mills Chapel Baptist Church, located on Country Club Road at U.S. 29. And the White Oak precinct will no longer be located at White Oak Elementary School. It will now be in the "hanger" at the Ga. Hwy. 154 campus of Crossroads Church/Trinity Christian School. The Greentop and White Oak locations were less than ideal, Scoggins said. The Greentop fire station is quite small, and there was very little parking -- even with the fire engines parked somewhere else. With the Greentop Road bridge being closed, it is even more inconvenient. Mills Chapel "has a great place. They have a gym that is perfect," Scoggins said. There is plenty of parking and handicapped access. "We'll be able to have more machines, and they'll be able to spread out more," she said. There were also traffic and parking situations at White Oak Elementary; not to mention the fact that school is usually in session. The Hwy. 154 location also has plenty of parking and handicapped access. "We try to use all county buildings" for voting precincts, Scoggins said, but for those precincts, there simply weren't any other public buildings that were suitable. "Both of these are going to be really good moves, and good for the voters," Scoggins said. Voters in those two precincts should have already begun receiving new precinct cards with the new location, she said.

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