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.