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Douglas voters to see primary battles for local, state seats
by Bill Baldowski
March 12, 2014 02:41 PM | 2795 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With candidate qualifying having closed at noon last Friday, the ballot is set in Douglas County for the May 20 general primary.

According to Douglas County Democratic Party Chairman David Good, his party has a strong ticket this year.

“We are well satisfied with our ticket and are looking to make changes in some seats that will benefit Douglas County,” Good said. Douglas County Republican Party Chair Ed Napier also sees his party as having a strong ticket.

He especially likes the Douglas County district attorney’s race which pits Republican Brian Fortner against Democrat Elizabeth Dalia Racine.

“Brian has handled everything from traffic tickets to murder cases and, as solicitor, he was one of the most respected to ever hold that position,” Napier said.

In the general primary, Republican incumbent Ann Jones Guider will square off against fellow Republican J.R. McCoy with the winner taking the seat, as there is no Democratic challenger.

“This has been a key Republican district but we are looking to have a good Democratic candidate to face either of these Republicans in four years,” Good said.

For District 4 on the Douglas County Board of Education, the field is crowded with incumbent Sam Haskell facing Lauren McCoy in the Republican primary.

On the Democratic side, three candidates are battling it out to face the Republican winner. They are Michelle Simmons, Tyler L. Barr and Denny Bridges.

One of the most anticipated general primary races has developed for the state Senate District 30 seat held by Republican Mike Dugan.

Dugan will face a familiar foe in former Republican State Rep. Bill Hembree. Dugan defeated Hembree in a 2012 special election.

The winner will face Democrat James Harrison Nixon of Douglasville in the November general election.

In the general election for the Senate District 35 seat, incumbent Democrat Donzella James will face Republican Francisco X.R. Artley of Douglasville. In the District 66 House race, Democrat incumbent Kimberly Alexander will face Republican Bob Snelling in a rematch of their 2012 race.

On the county commission, Republican incumbent Mike Mulcare will face Democrat Leslie Golden.

In the Douglas County Board of Education District 3 post, incumbent Republican Janet Kelley faces Democrat Tracy Rookard. In the race for solicitor general, Republican incumbent Matthew Krull faces Democrat Sandra G. Dawson.

In the non-partisan race for state court judge, the incumbent, W.O. "Neal" Dettmering, is facing the challenger of Sonya R. Compton.

A number of candidates have no opposition in either the primary or general election.

They include District 1 County Commissioner Henry Mitchell III, Douglas County School Board District 2 member D.T. Jackson and Douglas County Chief Magistrate Judge Susan Camp.

A number of legislative incumbents also have no opposition.

They include District 61 State Rep Roger Bruce, D-Atlanta; District 62 State Rep. LaDawn “LBJ” Jones D-Atlanta; District 65 State Rep. Sharon Beasley Teague, D-Red Oak; District 67 State Rep. Micah Gravley, R-Douglasville; and District 68 State Rep. Dustin Hightower, R-Carrollton.

For judge of Douglas County Superior Court, neither incumbents, Robert J. James nor David Everson drew opposition.

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