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2012 Local voting capsules: A look at contested races in the Albany Metro area

ALBANY, Ga. — When voters flood the polls Tuesday, many will be there to try and sway the presidential election. But many throughout the Albany metro area will find other contested races waiting for their approval when they step up to vote Tuesday. Here is a look at those races.

In Worth County, there are four contested races for county voters. The most publicized race is arguably the sheriff's election between longtime state trooper Jeff Hobby and longtime sheriff's deputy John "J.D." Daniel. The two will fill a seat vacated by the retirement of Freddie Thompkins who announced his plans not to seek another term after nearly 30 years in office.

Also in Worth County, voters will choose whether to re-elect County Commission Chairman Matt Medders, a Democrat, or to elect Republican challenger John M. Cosby. Voters in Worth County's third district will vote on whether to keep Democrat Mike D. Roberts in office on the school board or whether to put Republican Billy R. Oliver in his place.

Worth County voters will also decide who will sit on the bench as their probate judge. Republican Virginia Acord is running against Democrat Fidila Griffin for the position.

In Lee County, two county commission races highlight the local ballot choices for voters.

The District 2 seat formerly held by Betty Johnson will be filled by either Luke Singletary, a Republican, or Mary Egler, a Democrat. In District 4, incumbent Republican Rick Muggridge is trying to convince voters for another term in office, while Independent Tim Nelson is seeking to win over voters to earn the seat.

Baker County technically has no contested races for the November 6 General Election, but an ongoing issue from the July primary still lingers in the Baker County Sheriff's race. Incumbent Dana Meade has been ordered by a Superior Court Judge to defend his seat in a runoff election with challenger Tim Williamson. The date of that runoff has been set for January 8, 2013.

There are no contested races in Terrell County.

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SalukiGrad 1 year, 9 months ago

The biggest local race is that of the Charter School Amendment...

In Lee County the Nelson v. Muggridge is a race to watch. Will the people pick the connected Republican who outspent his opponent 10:1 and then told the Albany Herald, "Despite having opposition in the general election, Muggridge says he is "not running against anybody." If Nelson wins there is a good chance many more independents may challenge incumbents not facing political party opposition.

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livinlarge 1 year, 9 months ago

Just checked the Campaign Reports on line and 10:1 is a misrepresentation of the facts (didn't that sound polite?), a whopper if you will. But I wouldn't let a little thing llike the truth get in the way.

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livinlarge 1 year, 9 months ago

Weird, Saluki is the mascot of Tim Nelson's alma mater...I wonder if he's taken to refering to himself in the 3rd person. So much for transparency!

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SalukiGrad 1 year, 9 months ago

By misrepresentation you mean Muggridge hasn't reported many expenses you are exactly correct. The mailing received by lee county voters yesterday is a great example. Perhaps you should so some more research into the facts...and lumber for them big old signs isn't cheap.

I'm still curious why he hasn't paid the fines levied against him by the ethics folks.

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livinlarge 1 year, 9 months ago

No, I meant when you said he out spent you 10:1. That is a misrepresentation of the facts, it is not the truth, it is a lie. GA. website says you spent 600, Muggridge 1800. That is 3 to 1 (check my math), but I think that includes what he spent in the primary too. Are you saying he has actually spent $6000.00? $4200 on lumber???? As for the mailing you got, has it occured to you that both your and his report is dated 10/25? Maybe he paid for the mailer after that date.

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SalukiGrad 1 year, 9 months ago

It will have been closer to $6000 if accurately reported...including his use of the Republican Campaign headquarters and all the other in-kind donations which must have simply slipped his mind. Which is a pretty impressive number given his statement. He also failed to report filing fees and such if you would like an accurate comparison. The primary he claimed to have spent nothing...all money was spent after I entered the race as well....unless you think a filing report may not have been submitted accurately prior to the primary.

Either way that is an impressive financial account of a run against an independent you refused to sign a petition for.

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SalukiGrad 1 year, 9 months ago

It will have been closer to $6000 if accurately reported...including his use of the Republican Campaign headquarters and all the other in-kind donations which must have simply slipped his mind. Which is a pretty impressive number given his statement. He also failed to report filing fees and such if you would like an accurate comparison. The primary he claimed to have spent nothing...all money was spent after Nelson entered the race as well....unless you think a filing report may not have been submitted accurately prior to the primary.

Either way that is an impressive financial account of a run against an independent you refused to sign a petition for.

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