The biggest contest to watch in Henry County is the battle for the Henry County Commission’s District 4, as it will be decided between two Republicans, incumbent Reid Bowman Sr. and McDonough civil engineer Blake Prince.
With no Democrat in the race, all that is needed to seal the position is the Nov. 4 general election, in which the primary victor will be unopposed.
In the commission’s District 3, incumbent Gary Barham runs against fellow Republicans and McDonough residents William “Bill” Toney and Horace Brannon.
The winner faces Democrat I. Darryl Payton in November.
On the school board, political newcomers Virgil Brannon and Donna McBride run for the District 4 seat.
District 5 incumbent Erik Charles faces a challenge from first-time candidate Annette Edwards.
Unopposed candidates dominate the ballots.
State Court judge incumbents Jason T. Harper and Ben Studdard run for the two available seats.
Solicitor General Trea Pipkin and Magistrate Judge Robert Godwin seek additional terms.
County Commissioner Bruce Holmes is unopposed for District 5.
District 10 State Sen. Emanuel Jones, D-Decatur, District 17 State Sen. Rick Jeffares , R-Locust Grove, District 76 State Rep. Sandra Scott, D-Rex, and District 109 State Rep. Dale Rutledge, R-McDonough, will keep their seats.
Republicans John Yates, Andy Welch and Brian Strickland are their party’s sole entries in the primary, but will face opposition from Democrats Mario Driver, Kaye Shipley and James Nichols IV, respectively, in the general election.
District 78 State Rep. Demetrius Douglas, D-Stockbridge, will face Republican Christopher J. Deraney Nov. 4.
Check with the Neighbor throughout Election Day for updates on the primary.