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Incumbents look ahead to November
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With no challengers in Tuesday’s party primary, U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal and other area incumbents can look ahead in earnest to their opponents in November’s general election.

Rep. Nathan Deal-R, Gainesville, faces Jeff Scott-D, Chickamauga. Deal is seeking re-election to his ninth term against the Walker County eighth-grade teacher.

Only one member of Hall County’s legislative delegation faces opposition in November. Republican James Mills of Chestnut Mountain, is seeking re-election against Democratic challenger Christopher Strickland, an educator from Flowery Branch.

Other area legislators with opponents in the Nov. 4 general election include District 47 state Sen. Ralph Hudgens, who faces a challenge from Democrat Tim Riley, and District 28 state Rep. Jeanette Jamieson, who faces Republican challenger Michael Harden.

In other Hall County races, some eight incumbents faced no opposition either in Tuesday’s primary or in November’s general election. They will be re-elected to their posts. Those candidates, all of whom are Republicans, include:

Hall County Board of Commissioners Chairman Tom Oliver; Hall Board of Education, Post 3 member Craig Herrington; Hall Board of Education, Post 4 member Nath Morris; Coroner Marion Merck; Surveyor Chris Patton; Magistrate Margaret Gregory; Sheriff Steve Cronic; and State Court Solicitor Larry Baldwin.

In addition, several members of the Hall County legislative delegation faced no opposition either in Tuesday’s primary or in November. They will be re-elected to their posts.

Those candidates, all of whom are incumbent Republicans, include: District 49 state Sen. Lee Hawkins; District 26 state Rep. Carl Rogers; District 27 state Rep. Doug Collins; and District 31 state Rep. Tommy Benton.

The following area incumbents, all Republicans, also will be re-elected to the General Assembly because they faced no opposition:

District 27 state Sen. Jack Murphy; District 51 state Sen. Chip Pearson; District 7 state Rep. David Ralston; District 23 state Rep. Mark Hamilton; and District 24 state Rep. Tom Knox.

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