Early voting for the July 20 election will begin Monday and be held through July 9. Voters may cast a ballot from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays in the Administration Building in Jefferson.
The only local race is in the West and North Jackson areas for the District 5 seat on the Jackson County Board of Education. Steven Bryant and Randall Skelton are both seeking this seat. Incumbent Jill McEver is not seeking re-election.
The State Senate District 47 seat that covers Jackson County will also be on the ballot. Those to qualify were: Kelley Gary, Shane Coley, Doug Bower and Frank Ginn, all Republicans, and Tim Riley, a Democrat. Incumbent Ralph Hudgens (R) is running for state insurance commissioner.
In the State Senate District 49 seat that covers a portion of Jackson County, Butch Miller and Jimmy Norman, both Republicans, qualified.
QUESTION ON REPUBLICAN BALLOT
The Republican ballot will also have the following question on it: Do you support an amendment to the Georgia State Constitution so as to provided that the paramount right to life is vested in each human being from the earliest biological beginnings until natural death?
Among those to be on the ballot for state-wide races include:
•Governor: Jeff Chapman, (R) Alpharetta; Nathan Deal, (R) Gainesville; Karen Handel, (R) Alpharetta; Eric Johnson, (R) Atlanta; Ray McBerry, (R) McDonough; John Oxendine, (R) Norcross; Otis Putnam, (R) Brunswick; Thurbert Baker, (D) Atlanta; Roy Barnes, (D) Marietta; Bill Bolton, (D) Marietta; Carl Camon, (D) Ray City; Randall Mangham, (D) Decatur; DuBose Porter, (D) Dublin; David Poythress, (D) Atlanta.
•Lieutenant Governor: : Casey Cagle, (R) incumbent, Gainesville; Tricia Carpenter McCracken, (D) Augusta; and Carol Porter, (D) Atlanta.
•Attorney General: Sam Olens, (R) Marietta; Preston W. Smith, (R) Rome; Max Wood, (R) Macon; Ken Hodges, (D) Smyrna; Rob Teilhet, (D) Smyrna.
•State Superintendent of Schools: John D. Barge, (R) Rome; Richard Woods, (R) Tifton; Beth Farokhi, (D) Marietta; Joe Martin, (D) Atlanta; Brian Westlake, (D) Decatur.
•Commissioner of Agriculture: Gary Black, (R) Commerce; Darwin Carter, (R) Alma; and J.B. Powell, (D) Blythe.
•Labor Commissioner: Mark Butler, (R) Carrollton; Melivn Everson, (R) Snellville; Terry Coleman, (D) Eastman; and Darryl Hicks, (D) Fayetteville.