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Races shaping up for Douglas primary election
by Bill Baldowski
March 05, 2014 06:11 PM | 2416 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Although qualifying is scheduled to close Friday at noon for the May 20 Primary Election, some races are forming on the Douglas County ballot.

The race for district attorney has drawn much of the political spotlight as have Senate and House races under the Gold Dome.

With the decision of incumbent District Attorney David McDade not to seek re-election for health reasons, the two candidates vying for the post are ready to do political battle.

In alphabetical order, the two seeking to take the seat are Republican Brian Fortner and Democrat Elizabeth Dalia Racine. Neither has opposition within their own parties so far.

With a seat under the Gold Dome being the ultimate prize, two interesting races are developing that should interest Douglas County voters.

In the Senate, District 35 incumbent Donzella James, D-Atlanta, who has served in the Senate since 2009 following a seven-year stint as a member of the House of Representatives, is facing the challenge of Republican Francisco X.R. Artley.

Another contest is shaping up in the House as District 66 State Rep. Kimberly Alexander, D-Douglasville, is facing the challenge of R.J. “Bob” Snelling. In 2012, Alexander defeated Snelling for the seat representing parts of Douglas and Paulding counties in the state House.

However, as of Wednesday afternoon, most incumbents had yet to draw opposition.

They include District 61 State Rep. Roger Bruce, D-Atlanta; District 62 Rep. LaDawn ”LBJ” Jones, D-Atlanta; District 65 State Rep. Sharon Beasley Teague; District 67 State Rep. Micah Gravley, R-Douglasville; District 68 State Rep. Dustin Hightower, R-Carrollton; and District 30 Sen. Mike Dugan, R-Carrollton.

For judge of Douglas County Superior Court, neither incumbent Robert J. James nor David Everson were facing opposition.

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