Republican candidates for a state House of Representatives seat took different sides in a discussion on the T-SPLOST proposal at a candidates' forum in McIntosh County.
The two addressed the proposed 10-year, 1-percent sales tax for transportation projects and other issues at a meeting of the Darien Lions Club on Monday.
Chapman called the sales tax one of the biggest tax increases in state history. Tuten said he prefers to remain neutral.
Coastal Georgians will join other regions around the state in Tuesday's primary elections to decide whether to increase the sales tax in each county by 1 percent for preselected transportation projects. The referendum on the Transportation Investment Act - or Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax - will be voted on and decided by region.
Glynn County is in the Coastal Region with nine other counties, including Chatham and Camden.
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But voters picking up a Democratic primary ballot on July 31 will have a choice of two U.S. Congressional candidates - Nathan C. Russo of St. Simons Island and Lesli Messinger of Savannah.
Vying to replace Lane are two Republicans - Brunswick architect John Tuten and former Glynn County Commissioner and state Sen. Jeff Chapman.
The winner of the primary will begin a two-year term of office in January since there is no Democratic opposition for the seat in November.
State Rep. Jason Spencer, the Republican whose House District 180 used to include a small portion of Glynn County, will face fellow Republican and Woodbine resident Adam Jacobson. With redistricting, the seat no longer includes any voting precinct in the Golden Isles.
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An architect responsible for designing schools and government buildings in Brunswick and the Golden Isles has announced his bid to run for the state legislature.
Lane was appointed last month by Gov. Nathan Deal to fill the Brunswick Judicial Circuit Superior Court post left vacant after former judge Amanda Williams resigned Jan. 2.
Tuten said Tuesday he submitted his candidacy because he had a responsibility to serve.
"The way that our system works best is for highly qualified people, when they are able, to step in and serve," Tuten said.
Tuten, who will run as a Republican, will still work full-time with his architectural firm, but at this point he said he has time to devote to state business.