Voters in House District 127 and the city of Blythe will return to the polls Tuesday if they weren’t among a handful to cast ballots early.
A special Tuesday election to fill the state house seat left open with the August death of Rep. Quincy Murphy, D-Augusta, has attracted three candidates, two of whom will head to a Dec. 3 runoff if none receives more than 50 percent of the vote.
Fewer than 2 percent of some 26,871 registered voters in House District 127, which spans parts of Richmond and Jefferson counties, cast ballots during the three weeks of early voting in the race.
From 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday, the district will have 13 polling places open where voters can decide between Dianne Murphy, the widow of the state representative, Jefferson County pastor Diane Evans or retired Army lieutenant colonel Brian Prince.
In a late Thursday report, Prince revealed his campaign has significant financial backing, including $1,000 donations from several local political bigwigs. Prince raised $34,936 in the five weeks since qualifying, versus his opponents’ less than $8,000 apiece.
Also Tuesday, voters in the small city of Blythe will decide who will represent them as mayor and in two open city council seats.
Blythe is consolidated Augusta-Richmond county’s smallest municipality, with a population of 721, but also extends into parts of northern Burke County.
The mayor election has attracted two contenders, one-term incumbent Mayor Pat Cole and challenger Brent Weir.
Cole has championed her work on building a library in the small town, while Weir, who managed the campaigns of Augusta Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle and Hephzibah Commissioner Robert Buchwitz, said the town ought to focus on other priorities such as crime.
Blythe council members are elected at-large, so whichever of five candidates with the most votes win the seat. Seeking the two council posts are Jacqueline Bartlett, former council members William Dixon and Daisy Price, Marie Stewart and incumbent Cindy Parham.