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Two incumbents face challenges in Douglasville council race
by Tom Spigolon
September 03, 2013 03:50 PM | 2072 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Early voting will begin Oct. 14 for this year’s Douglasville City Council election after a political newcomer and a former county school board member last week qualified to challenge two incumbents.

Douglasville attorney Mike Miller will challenge incumbent Dennis McLain for the Ward 2, Post 1 seat, and police officer Jay Mark Smith will challenge Mayor Pro-Tem Larry Yockey for the Ward 1 seat.

Incumbents Sam Davis in Ward 3, Post 2, and LaShun Danley in Ward 3, Post 1, will be unopposed for re-election.

Smith, who has not sought office before now, is a lifelong Douglasville resident who served five years as an officer and detective on the Douglasville Police Department. He moved to work for the MARTA Police Department in 2012.

Miller served one term, 2008 to 2012, as the District 1 member on the Douglas County School Board. He also unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for the Georgia House of Representatives District 66 seat in 2012.

He is the managing attorney with the Douglasville firm of Miller & Hightower P.C., where his partner is District 68 State Rep. Dustin Hightower, R-Carrollton.

According to the city of Douglasville website, polling places in the Nov. 5 election will include Arbor Station Elementary School (Wards 1 and 2), the Old Douglas County Courthouse (Wards 1, 2 and 3); First Baptist Church (Ward 2); Stewart Middle School and Golden United Methodist Church (Ward 3).

To find out where to vote in the city election, call the Douglas County Registrars Office at (770) 920-7217, or call the city clerk’s office at (678) 449-3026.

Early voting by absentee ballots will be held at the Douglas County Courthouse beginning Oct. 14 and continuing through Nov. 1 between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Absentee ballots are also available by mail.

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