State leaders had not decided Thursday when to set an election to fill Vance Smith’s state House seat after the Pine Mountain Republican resigns to direct Georgia’s Department of Transportation.
Bert Brantley, a spokesman for Gov. Sonny Perdue, said Georgia has vacancies in two other legislative seats, so state leaders were checking to see how best to make those contests coincide with any local elections already scheduled.
State law says first the governor calls for the election, and then the Georgia secretary of state sets qualifying dates, said Nancy Boren, executive director of Muscogee County elections and registrations.
Smith has represented District 129 since 1992. It includes most of Harris County and parts of Muscogee and Troup counties.
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LaGrange, the Troup County seat, is to hold municipal elections Nov. 3, according to its probate office.
Sherrail Jarrett, Harris County’s chief election officer, said local elections could be held Nov. 3 in Hamilton, Pine Mountain and Waverly Hall, if incumbents have opposition. If not, elections won’t be necessary.
Columbus has a school sales tax vote set for Sept. 15, but only a sliver of Muscogee is in District 129. Boren said the Columbus voting precincts in that district are: Precinct 10 at St. Mark United Methodist Church, Precinct 11 at Wynnbrook Baptist Church, Precinct 46 at the Fraternal Order of Police lodge on Heiferhorn Way, and part of Precinct 9 at Northside Baptist Church.