Longtime state House member Bill Hembree of Winston and construction company official Mike Dugan of Carrollton are vying for the nomination in Tuesday’s election. The winner will face Libertarian candidate James Camp of Temple on Jan. 8 for the seat representing west Douglas and south Paulding counties and most of Carroll County.
Hembree, a Douglasville insurance agent, noted on his campaign Facebook page that voters also can request an absentee ballot.
“Every vote will count in this runoff, so please help spread the word to your friends and family in District 30,” Hembree wrote.
Hembree has emphasized the need to elect someone with legislative experience — he served eight terms in the House — and his longtime support for limiting the influence of lobbyists.
“It has been a real blessing getting to travel the district and meet with the people who are the cornerstone of West Georgia! From the small business owners I visit to the doors I knock on, it is an ongoing reward to continue to meet new people I hope to represent,” he wrote.
Dugan also urged voters to return to the polls Tuesday. His top issues have included the need for term limits, limiting the influence of lobbyists and plans for monthly open meetings throughout the three-county district.
“This race is about you having a voice in Atlanta and we’ll need to be sure that everyone returns on Dec. 4 and votes again,” he wrote. “We are one step closer and we can’t stop now.”
Douglas County residents who vote in the precincts at Bright Star United Methodist and Ephesus Baptist churches and Dorsett Shoals, Bill Arp and Mirror Lake Elementary schools and Fairplay Middle School are eligible to vote in the election. Paulding County residents who vote in the precincts at Taylor Farm Park, Austin and Scoggins middle schools can vote in the runoff.
Some who vote at Nebo Elementary School in Paulding County can cast ballots as well. For more information, call the Paulding County Elections Office at (770) 443-7503 or visit My Voter Page at http://mvp.sos.state.ga.us/.
The election Tuesday is scheduled for those precincts, which will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in both counties.
Douglas County voters who were registered by Oct. 9 can vote in the runoff, even if they did not vote in the Nov. 6 primary, according to a Douglas County government press release.