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Candidates prepare for November
by Bill Baldowski
May 28, 2014 06:24 PM | 1717 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Although a recount was scheduled earlier this week to determine the winner of the Douglas County Commission District 4 race, the November general election ballot is set and features a number of interesting races.

One of the most closely followed races will be that for Douglas County district attorney where Republican Brian Fortner, the former chief assistant district attorney who was appointed acting district attorney last month by Gov. Nathan Deal, will face Democrat Dalia Racine.

Fortner said he has a “vested interest in the community.”

“I have served every single day of my career prosecuting cases in Douglas County and also spent five years leading the county as its solicitor,” he said. “As such, I am intimately familiar with the problems we face here at home and I am a proven leader who gets the results that Douglas County residents expect.”

Racine said she has also dedicated her career, “to putting away those who threaten to do harm to our families,” she said.

“I am running as a wife, mother and career prosecutor and I know Douglas County can do a better job of protecting our families and businesses,” Racine said.

Another local race is for Douglas County solicitor. It will feature Republican incumbent Matthew Krull facing a challenge from Democrat Sandra Dawson.

Another closely-watched race will be the Douglas County Commission District 3 seat where Republican incumbent Mike Mulcare faces Democrat Leslie Golden.

The Douglas County Board of Education features a number of key general election races. For the District 3 seat, Republican incumbent Janet Kelley faces Democrat Tracy Rookard.

In the District 4 race, Republican incumbent Sam Haskell, the longest tenured board member, could face a tough challenge in Democrat Michelle Simmons, who defeated two primary opponents. In Georgia State Senate races, District 35 State Sen. Donzella James, D-Atlanta, will face Republican Francisco Artley while District 30 State Sen. Mike Dugan, R-Carrollton, will face Democrat James Nixon.

In Georgia House of Representatives races, the only Douglas County lawmaker facing opposition in November is incumbent District 66 State Rep. Kimberly Alexander, D-Hiram, who will face Republican Bob Snelling in a rematch of their 2012 race.

In the House District 66 race, Alexander said her background in corporate America as a financial analyst and auditor taught her the importance of her work remaining “above ground, transparent and with nothing hidden.”

“That has guided me as a state representative and I will always remain available to my constituents,” she said.

Snelling, a former state lawmaker, is a Vietnam veteran and pilot with Delta Air Lines for 31 years. He said he and his family have built a great life in the community and believes he has earned the respect and trust of many members of the community.

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