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Election Day Voters Guide

Your primer to voting in today's election; polls are open until 7 p.m.

POSTED: November 2, 2010 9:09 a.m.

Today is Election Day in Georgia, and polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. Check with your local voting office for precinct locations.

These are the contested races on the general election ballot. Candidates are listed alphabetically; (I) indicates incumbent. Click on the name where highlighted to visit candidates' campaign websites.

 Statewide

Governor
Democrat: Roy Barnes
Republican: Nathan Deal
Libertarian: John Monds

Lieutenant Governor
Republican: Casey Cagle (I)
Libertarian: Dan Barber
Democrat: Carol Porter

Secretary of State
Libertarian: David Chastain
Republican: Brian Kemp (I)
Democrat: Georganna Sinkfield

Attorney General
Democrat: Ken Hodges
Republican: Sam Olens
Libertarian: Don Smart

Superintendent of Schools
Republican: John Barge
Democrat: Joe Martin
Libertarian: Kira Griffiths Willis

Insurance Commissioner
Libertarian: Shane Bruce
Republican: Ralph Hudgens
Democrat: Mary Squires

Labor Commissioner
Republican: Mark Butler
Democrat: Darryl Hicks
Libertarian: Will Costa

Agriculture Commissioner
Republican: Gary Black
Libertarian: Kevin Cherry
Democrat: J.B. Powell

Public Service Commission, District 2
Republican: Tim Echols
Democrat: Keith Moffett
Libertarian: Jim Sendelbach

U.S. Congress

U.S. Senator
Libertarian: Chuck Donovan
Republican: Johnny Isakson (I)
Democrat: Mike Thurmond

U.S. House, 7th District
Democrat: Doug Heckman
Republican: Rob Woodall

U.S. House, 10th District
Republican: Paul Broun (I)
Democrat: Russell Edwards

State legislature

Georgia Senate, District 47
(Barrow, Jackson, Madison, Elbert, Clarke and Oglethorpe counties)
Republican: Frank Ginn
Democrat: Tim Riley

Georgia Senate, District 51
(Dawson, Fannin, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Pickens, Union, parts of Forsyth, White counties)
Republican: Steve Gooch
Democrat: Joseph Mann

Georgia House of Representatives, District 8
(Rabun, Towns, Union, portion of White counties)
Republican: Stephen Allison (I)
Democrat: Jack Lance

Georgia House, District 25
(southern portion of Hall County)
Republican: James Mills (I)
Democrat: Mike Parker

Georgia House, District 26
(center third of Hall County)
Democrat: Chad Cobb
Republican: Carl Rogers (I)

Georgia House, District 28
(Banks, parts of Stephens and Franklin counties)
Republican: Michael Harden (I)
Democrat: Christopher James Irvin

Georgia House, 30th District
(Part of Jackson County, Elbert and part of Madison counties)
Tom McCall, Republican (I)
Marilyn "MJ" Bridges, Democrat

Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia
Nonpartisan race
Tammy Lynn Adkins
David Nahmias (I)
Matt Wilson

Judge, Court of Appeals of Georgia
Nonpartisan race
James Babalola
Antoinette "Toni" Davis
Stan Gunter
Adrienne Hunter-Strothers
Chris McFadden
David N. Schaeffer

State ballot questions

Allows competitive contracts to be enforced in Georgia courts.
"Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to make Georgia more economically competitive by authorizing legislation to uphold reasonable competitive agreements?"

Adds $10 tag fee on private passenger vehicles to fund statewide trauma care expansion.
"Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to impose an annual $10.00 trauma charge on certain passenger motor vehicles in this state for the purpose of funding trauma care?"

Allows the state to execute multiyear contracts for long-term transportation projects.
"Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to allow the Georgia Department of Transportation to enter into multiyear construction agreements without requiring appropriations in the current fiscal year for the total amount of payments that would be due under the entire agreement so as to reduce long-term construction costs paid by the state?"

Allows the State to execute multiyear contracts for projects to improve energy efficiency and conservation.
"Shall the Constitution be amended so as to provide for guaranteed cost savings for the state by authorizing a state entity to enter into multiyear contracts which obligate state funds for energy efficiency or conservation improvement projects?"

Allows owners of industrial-zoned property to choose to remove industrial designation from their property.
"Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to allow the owners of real property located in industrial areas to remove the property from the industrial area?"

Provides for inventory of businesses to be exempt from state property tax.
"Shall the Act be approved which grants an exemption from state ad valorem taxation for inventory of a business?"

Local races, ballot questions

Hall County
County Commission, Post 1
Craig Lutz, Republican
Paul Wayne Godfrey, Democrat

Flowery Branch
Mayor
Mike Miller
Mike Pitts

Hall County payment ad valorem tax in two installments
"Shall the Hall County Commission direct the Tax Commissioner of Hall County to bill property taxes in two mandatory installments? The first installment will be come due October 1 and the second installment will be come due December 1. Failure to remit any payment by its installment due date will result in a state-mandated 5% penalty being applied to the principle balance."

City of Gainesville homestead exemption
“Shall the Act be approved which amends the City of Gainesville independent school district homestead exemptions for disabled persons or senior citizens by allowing any person who is disabled or is 62 to 70 years of age who receives the first $30,000.00 exemption to automatically receive the second full value exemption upon reaching 70 years of age?”

Dawson County

Homestead Exemption
"Shall the Act be approved which increases the current homestead exemption from Dawson County ad valorem taxes for county purposes for residents of that county who are disabled or who are 65 years of age or older from $60,000.00 to $65,000.00 and which changes the $50,000.00 income limitation from gross income to net income excluding certain retirement income?

Redevelopment Powers Law
"Shall the Act be approved which authorizes Dawson County to exercise redevelopment powers under the ‘Redevelopment Powers
Law,' as it may be amended from time to time?"

Forsyth County
County Commissioner, District 1
Ralph J. "Pete" Amos, Republican
Mary F. Chatfield, Democrat

County Board of Education, District 2
Kristin Morrissey, Republican
Camille Fareri, Democrat

Upper Chattahoochee River Soil and Water Conservation District supervisor
Nonpartisan race
Leonard Wilbur Ridings (I)
Jason Robert Ulseth

Jackson County

SPLOST
Shall a special 1 percent sales and use tax be re-imposed in the special district of Jackson County for a period of six consecutive years and for the raising of an estimated amount of $47,520,000 for the purpose of providing funds to pay or be applied toward the costs of (A)(1) the following Jackson County projects: County satellite EMS facilities; repair and paving of county roads, streets and bridges; county parks and recreation, and (2) the payment of principal and interest on the county's general obligation bonds issued in conjunction with the special 1 percent sales and use tax as described below for the purpose of refunding a portion of the city of Jefferson Public Building Authority Revenue Bonds (Jackson County Facilities), Series 2007A, the proceeds of which financed the county jail; (B) the following projects for the city of Arcade, acquisition of public safety complex; repair and paving of roads, streets and bridges; parks and recreation, including land acquisition; (C) the following projects for the town of Braselton: parks and recreation; repair and paving of streets, curbs and sidewalks, including storm water structures; (D) the following projects for the city of Commerce: water and sewer; parks and recreation; repair and paving of roads, streets and bridges; (E) the following projects for the city of Hoschton: water and sewer; repair and paving roads, streets and bridges; parks and recreation; (F) the following projects for the city of Jefferson: public safety facility improvements; cultural historical and recreation facilities; bonded debt reduction; repair and paving of roads, streets, bridges and sidewalks; storm water management; water and sewer facilities; (G) the following projects for the city of Maysville: water and sewer improvements; repair and paving of roads and bridges; buildings; parks and recreation; (H) the following projects for the city of Nicholson: repair and paving of roads and bridges; acquisition of property to expand existing parks, purchase of equipment for parks; renovation of existing library; restoration of the Crossroads Traveling School; water and sewer; (I) the following projects for the city of Pendergrass: construction of library; parks and recreation; repair and paving of streets, roads and bridges; (J) the following projects for the city of Talmo: administrative space/library; parks and recreation; repair and paving of roads, streets and bridges; public safety?

If the imposition of the tax is approved by the voters, such vote shall also constitute approval of the issuance of general obligation bonds of Jackson County in the principal amount of $21,365,000 for the above purpose specified in (A)(2).

Lumpkin County
County Commission, District 4

Clarence Grindle, Republican (I)
Frank Gilkeson, Democrat

Union County
County Board of Education, District 2
Tony Hunter, Republican
Steve Odom, Democrat (I)

County Board of Education, District 4
John T. Strickland, Republican
Chris Kelley, Democrat (I)

White County
County Commission, District 1

Bobby L. Adams, Democrat
Dennis Bergin, independent
Terry Goodger, Republican

Board of Education chairperson
Lee Gaddis
Bobby Self

Board of Education, District 4
Mike Pierce (I)
Teri B. Smith


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