The 2014 runoff election will come to an end Tuesday, July 22, as voters make their choices known on which candidates will move on to the general election.
Two local races are being decided in the runoff as incumbent District 4 Board of Education member Will Dunn, a Republican, will look to fend off challenger Michael Shelly. In District 1, incumbent Randall Holland is facing Debi Krause in another school board runoff on the GOP ballot. The winner between Holland and Krause will have to face Democrat Betty Kinney in the general election in November.
There is also a hotly contested runoff for the GOP nomination in the 10th Congressional District, which includes Barrow County. Mike Collins and Jody Hice survived a seven-candidate primary and will now see which candidate moves on to face Democrat Ken Dious in the general election. The winner of the Collins-Hice runoff will be the clear favorite to win in November in the heavily Republican 10th District.
Hice and Collins took part in a televised debate Sunday.
Other races on the ballot include runoff contests on the GOP side for U.S. Senate (Jack Kingston and David Perdue) and State School Superintendent (Mike Buck and Richard Woods). There is a runoff on the Democratic side for State School Superintendent between Alisha Morgan and Valarie Wilson.
Barrow County Elections Supervisor Monica Franklin said Monday there had been 733 ballots cast in advance voting, either in person or by absentee ballot. Advance voting ends Friday at 4:30 p.m.
A total of 701 voters had voted in the Republican runoff with 32 in the Democratic runoff.
“We had our busiest day Friday, July 11, with 120 voting early,” Franklin said.
Polls will be open during the traditional hours of 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 22.