Saturday only weekend day to vote early for Senate District 28 seat

By W. WINSTON SKINNER winston@newnan.com Tomorrow Cowetans will continue their shopping -- and start voting. Early voting for the Dec. 6 Special Election will begin tomorrow. Saturday will be the only weekend date for early voting for the State Senate District 28 runoff.
Coweta County Election Superintendent Jane Scoggins said early voting will be held the voter registrar's office in the county administration building on East Broad Street in downtown Newnan. Scoggins said people will be able to cast ballots in early voting on Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and then from Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. No early voting will be permitted after Dec. 2. Polls will be open on Dec. 6 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. In the Nov. 8 election, voters cast ballots deciding among nine different candidates seeking the District 28 Georgia Senate seat. Duke Blackburn and Mike Crane were the top vote-getters in that contest and will be in a runoff on the Dec. 6 ballot. The District 28 race will be the only item on the ballot for Coweta voters on Dec. 6. District 28 also includes precincts in Carroll, Heard and Troup counties. The seat was vacated earlier this year by Mitch Seabaugh of Sharpburg, who was named deputy state treasurer. Blackburn has held a number of positions with the Georgia Department of Corrections -- including working as a hostage negotiator, critical incident team leader, K-9 instructor and helicopter pilot. He was a founding member of the U.S. Marshal Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, and was involved with planning and execution of the torch run for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Crane and his family moved to Coweta in the late 1980s. He is the owner of Harvest Construction, Inc., a residential and commercial building contractor. In 2010, Crane ran for the 13th U.S. congressional district seat and won the Republican nomination over five opponents. He lost in the general election to the incumbent, David Scott.


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