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GOP primary to settle many races

7/21/2012

By LOUIE BROGDON
The Brunswick News

The July 31 partisan primaries are likely to steal the thunder from the Nov. 6 general election in Glynn County, and the nonpartisan special elections will only decide one contested race.

Barring any surprise independent candidates who may qualify for partisan races between July 30 and Aug. 3, the Republican primary will decide the outcome of the general election for 18 local and state partisan races, of which only 10 are contested.

Republican candidates dominate the District 1, District 2 and at-large posts for the county commission and board of education races. Local races for probate court judge, clerk of superior court, sheriff, tax commissioner, county surveyor, coroner and chief magistrate are also under the control of members of the Grand Old Party.

The District 3 Georgia Senate race, state House of Representative Districts 167, 179 and 180 contests, and the showdown for the next Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney also involve Republican candidates only.

Voters choosing a Democratic ballot will pick only candidates for the partisan District 5 Glynn County Commission and board of education races and select a hopeful to unseat 20-year Republican incumbent Rep. Jack Kingston from Georgia's 1st District post in U.S. Congress.

All voters who hit the polls July 31 or who cast early votes will participate in the nonpartisan special elections. Those elections will decide who will become the next Glynn County State Court judge, the only contested post in the nonpartisan election.

The state court's clerk and solicitor will be filled by uncontested incumbents, as will all judgeships in the Brunswick Judicial Circuit.

Voters in Glynn County will participate in a regional and statewide referendum that will decide whether they want to add a 1 percent sales tax to the 6 percent they already pay in the community, with proceeds going to transportation projects in the county, region and state. They also will decide, in a separate referendum, whether to change the makeup and appointment process of the Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission.

Straw polls also are included on both party's ballots.

Primary and Election Day voting will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 31.

Voters will ask for a Republican or Democratic ballot in the primary. Everyone will vote in nonpartisan races.

Early voting is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the board of elections, 1815 Gloucester St., Brunswick, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 23 through 27 at the board of elections and St. Simons Island Fire Station No. 2, 1929 Demere Road.

Voters must show a valid state or federal government issued form of photo identification to obtain a ballot.

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