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Statewide, local races on ballot for Tuesday primary
by Everett Catts
May 14, 2014 03:17 PM | 2584 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
When voters hit the polls in Tuesday’s primary election, they will see a ballot filled with many choices for both the statewide and local races.

Runoffs are almost guaranteed in July following Tuesday’s primary election, where some local races have up to six candidates.

The polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. except in Atlanta, where they close at 8 p.m.

In the District 11 U.S. House election, Republicans Bob Barr, Allan Levene, Ed Lindsey, Barry Loudermilk, Larry Mrozinski, and Tricia Pridemore are battling for the seat being vacated by incumbent Phil Gingrey, who is running for U.S. Senate. District 11 includes Vinings and parts of Buckhead and Sandy Springs.

In the State Senate races, only two are contested, and both will be in the Democratic primary. District 36 incumbent Nan Orrock, D-Atlanta, faces Angela Stovall; and District 38 incumbent Horacena Tate, D-Atlanta, will meet Reginald Crossley.

In the only State House of Representatives race with opposition, District 54, four candidates are battling to replace Lindsey. Republicans Beth Beskin, Loretta Lepore, John McCloskey and Angelic Moore are fighting for a district that includes historic Brookhaven and most of Buckhead.

In the nonpartisan Fulton County Superior Court judicial elections, there are three contested races. Two are head to head, with incumbent Tom Campbell facing challenger Thomas Cox and incumbent Kelly Amanda Lee battling challenger Patricia “Pat” Jackson. Also, Jane Barwick, Shelitha Robinson and Shondeana Crews-Morris are fighting to replace incumbent Cynthia Wright, who is retiring.

In the Fulton County Board of Commissioners races, where the districts have been redrawn, there are three contested local races. In District 2, which includes part of Sandy Springs, Republicans Bob Ellis and Eric B. Broadwell are facing off. In District 3, which includes all of Buckhead and part of Sandy Springs, Republicans Lee Morris, Alexander Palacios, Cory Ruth and Bernie Tokarz are battling. In District 7, a countywide seat, Democrats John Eaves, the current District 1 at-large commissioner/chairman, and Robb Pitts, the current District 2 at-large commissioner, will battle.

In the nonpartisan Fulton County Board of Education races, only four of the seven members are up for re-election and only one local member is opposed. In District 7, which includes part of Sandy Springs, incumbent Julia Bernath faces challenger Kathleen Wittschen.

In the nonpartisan Cobb County Superior Court judicial elections, there is only one contested race. Ann Harris, Juanita Pierson Stedman and Nathan J. Wade are battling for retiring incumbent Jim Bodiford’s seat.

In the Cobb County Board of Education elections, the local one has opposition. In Post 2, which includes Vinings, Republican incumbent Tim Stultz faces challenger Jeff Abel and Susan Thayer.

All other candidates are running unopposed in the primary.

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