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Tuesday's election includes eight local races
by Everett Catts
November 01, 2012 10:33 AM | 3258 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
While much of the focus of Tuesday’s general election is the presidential battle between incumbent Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney (and Libertarian Gary Johnson), the Fulton County ballot has eight local contested races.

In Congressional races, three local incumbents face opposition. District 5 U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Atlanta, battles Republican Howard Stopeck of Virginia-Highland. The district includes part of Buckhead. In District 6, which includes part of Sandy Springs, incumbent Republican Tom Price, of Roswell, meets Democrat Jeff Kazanow. Incumbent Republican Phil Gingrey, of Marietta, battles Democrat Patrick Thompson in District 11, which includes Vinings and parts of Buckhead and Sandy Springs.

There are five contested statewide races. Republican incumbent Chuck Eaton, of Buckhead, Democrat Stephen Oppenheimer, of Sandy Springs, and Libertarian Brad Ploeger, of Grant Park, are vying for the District 3 Public Service Commission seat, which includes Clayton, DeKalb, Fulton and Rockdale counties. Incumbent Republican Stan Wise and Libertarian David Staples are battling for the commission’s District 5 post, which includes Vinings.

In the General Assembly, District 6 State Sen. Doug Stoner, D-Smyrna, faces Republican Hunter Hill, also of Smyrna. The district includes Vinings and parts of Buckhead and Sandy Springs. District 56 State Sen. John Albers, R-Roswell, battles Democrat Akhtar Sadiq. The district includes part of Sandy Springs.

In the House, District 54 State Rep. Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta (Buckhead), meets Democrat Lynn Brown McKinney, also of Buckhead.

All other candidates are running unopposed.

There are two proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot. The first is the charter school amendment, which would “allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities.” The second is the multi-year lease agreement amendment, which would “provide for a reduction in the state’s operating costs by allowing the General Assembly to authorize certain state agencies to enter into multiyear rental agreements.”

If advance voting is an indication, turnout likely will be high on Election Day. As of 7 p.m. Wednesday, according to an email from the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections, 113,630 people had voted in Fulton, with 15,752 at the Buckhead Library and 18,690 at the North Fulton Service Center in Sandy Springs. Advance voting ends Friday. Tuesday, the polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

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