All three primaries will include the Atlanta Regional District T-SPLOST ballot question, which will ask the voter to choose “yes” or “no” to the question: “Shall Douglas County’s transportation system and the transportation network in this region and the state be improved by providing for a 1 percent special district transportation sales and use tax for the purpose of transportation projects and programs for a period of 10 years?”
Douglas projects on the regional list include a regional traffic control center for I-20; new road route for Ga. Hwy. 92 through Douglasville; widening of Lee and South Sweetwater roads from I-20 to U.S. Hwy. 78; widening of Veterans Memorial Highway from Thornton Road to Sweetwater Road; addition of truck-friendly lanes and intersection improvements on Thornton Road; and a bicycle and pedestrian lane along Dorris Road.
Proponents have said the funding is needed to build the projects because of dwindling federal and state transportation funding. Opponents, among other things, have said individual counties should impose their own SPLOSTs to give more local control.
Also on the Douglas County ballot:
n In addition to contested primary races, uncontested Republican primary candidates include U.S. House District 13, S. Malik; State Senate District 30, incumbent Bill Hamrick; State Senate District 35, Benjamin Brooks; State House District 67, incumbent Bill Hembree; State House District 68, incumbent Dustin “Dusty” Hightower; County School Board District 1, Carol Lindstrom; and incumbents Probate Judge Hal E. Hamrick, Superior Court Clerk Rhonda G. Payne, Sheriff Phil Miller, Tax Commissioner Todd Cowan, Coroner Randy Daniel and County School Board District 5 member Jeff Morris.
n Uncontested Democratic primary candidates include Public Service Commission, Stephen Oppenheimer; U.S. House District 13, incumbent David Scott; State House District 61, incumbent Roger Bruce; State House District 66, Kimberly Alexander; State House District 67, Leigh McMutry; sheriff, Derrick T. Broughton; tax commissioner, Greg Baker; and County Commission chairman, Romona Jackson Jones.
n Uncontested candidates in the Democratic, Republican and nonpartisan primaries include incumbent Douglas Superior Court Judge Beau McClain; incumbent Douglas County State Court Judge Eddie Barker; incumbent State Supreme Court Justices Carol Hunstein, Harold Melton and Hugh Thompson; and incumbent State Appeals Court Judges Keith Blackwell, Michael Boggs, Stephen Dillard, John J. Ellington, M. Yvette Miller and Herbert Phipps.