Advance voting for July 22 runoff elections ends on Friday

lgierer@ledger-enquirer.comJuly 13, 2014 

John Wells, who currently holds the Muscogee County School Board district 2 seat, answers questions during a forum held by the Columbus branch of the NAACP while his challengers John "Bart" Steed, Victor Morales, and John F Thomas wait their turn.


Time is running out for advance voting for the July 22 runoffs.

Those interested in casting an early ballot must do so by Friday.

The Community Room in the City Services Center, 3111 Citizens Way, is the lone polling place and it will be open today through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Voters should use the entrance facing the parking garage, not the library.

Voters must use the same party ballot they selected in the primary, but those who used a nonpartisan ballot or didn't participate in the primary may use any runoff ballot,

Voters must bring photo identification.

Anyone with questions should contact the Muscogee County Elections and Registration Office at 706-653-4392.

The lone local runoff in Columbus is for the District 2 seat on the nonpartisan Muscogee County School Board.

District 2 incumbent John Wells, a businessman and the board's senior member, faces challenger John F. Thomas, an Internal Revenue Service agent.

On May 20, Thomas received 35.27 of the vote. Wells finished just ahead of Kar-Tunes Car Stereo owner John "Bart" Steed with 27.58 percent of the vote to 26.59.

Victor Morales, training and development coordinator for Pratt & Whitney, was far behind at 10.44 percent.

The Republican ballot for the U.S. Senate has U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston of Savannah battling former Reebok and Dollar General CEO David A. Perdue of St. Simons.

The winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in the General Election on Nov. 4.

Both parties have runoffs to decide their nominee in the state schools superintendent race.

The Democratic ballot has state Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan of Austell against Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Inc. executive director Valarie D. Wilson of Decatur.

The Republican ballot has Georgia Department of Education chief academic officer Michael L. Buck of Rome against former Irwin County Schools teacher and administrator Richard L. Woods of Tifton.

The seat is open because state Superintendent John Barge chose to run for governor but fell to Gov. Nathan Deal in May. Deal will face the Democratic nominee, state Sen. Jason Carter of Decatur, in November.

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