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State primaries offer little local buzz

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While television and radio are the advertising media of choice for most candidates for statewide office, direct mail is the chosen vehicle for local, county and down-ballot races. Primary election day is Tuesday, May 22. Some of us enjoy the mail. For others, please re-cycle.



Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 8:00 am

State primaries offer little local buzz

By Dick Williams

For The Crier

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While some 90,000 votes had been cast in early balloting through Friday, most Georgia voters will go to their regular polling places Tuesday, May 22.

If there is keen interest in the party primaries, it isn’t evident in Dunwoody and Brookhaven, despite a mega-million-dollar race for governor in both the Republican and Democratic parties. Those races are being fought on television and through direct mail more than yard signs. The Crier has yet to receive a letter to the editor on the race for governor. Primaries also abound for lieutenant governor, secretary of state, insurance commissioner and two seats on the Public Service Commission.

The chief local elections for congress, state Senate and state House won’t be decided until November. In the down ballot contests, Democrats have more to choose from than their GOP counterparts.

Vying to take on U.S. Rep. Karen Handel in November are a flock of Democrats, none with local ties. Cobb and North Fulton candidates dominate and none has reached out to The Crier. Handel has visited Dunwoody twice in the last week.

Democrats seeking to oppose state Sen. Fran Millar are Sally Harrell and Tamara Johnson Shealey. Area state representative candidates in Dunwoody and Brookhaven face no primary opposition.

Voters in both primaries face choosing judicial candidates. DeKalb has several contested contests. The retirement of Superior Court Judge Dan Coursey has drawn a large field. LaTisha Dear-Jackson, Tunde Akinyele and Nicholas Smith have all offered a presence in Dunwoody.

The chief judge of the DeKalb Superior Court, Courtney Johnson, will rely on north DeKalb voters because of backlash from presiding over the corruption trial of former DeKalb chief executive Burrell Ellis. His guilty verdict was overturned and Ellis supporters have gotten behind Genet McIntosh Hopewell.

Voters still weary over the interminable 10-week runoff in last year’s 6th Congressional District race can breathe more easily this time around. Several Republican runoffs are likely, but since they are state races, a four-week runoff is scheduled.

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