Columbia County voters on Tuesday will decide five local races and a local referendum, while also having a voice in several district or regional races.
Two county commission seats are up for grabs on the Republican ballot. With no Democratic opposition, both races will be decided Tuesday.
Incumbent Trey Allen faces Lee Benedict in commission District 2, and Charles Allen is challenged by Butch Holley in District 3.
Republicans also will choose a successor to Chief Magistrate Judge Bobby Christine, who isn’t running for re-election after being deployed to active duty with the Army National Guard. Jason Hasty, Christopher Hudson and Associate Magistrate Jason Troiano are seeking the part-time post.
Two nonpartisan school board seats appear on all ballots in Tuesday’s race. In District 1, Carolyn Chase, David Dekle and Brian Slowinski face off for the seat being vacated by Wayne Bridges; in District 4, Deborah Fisher and Bobby Ray Strickland are challenging incumbent Roxanne Whitaker.
If any of the three-way races fails to deliver a majority to one candidate, a runoff will be held Aug. 21.
Columbia County voters also will have a say in the newly drawn Georgia House District 121 race, which encompasses parts of Columbia and McDuffie counties. Republicans Barry Fleming and Mike Popplewell are seeking the post being vacated by Lee Anderson, who is running for the U.S. House District 12 seat. There is no Democratic opposition.
Anderson, a Columbia County resident, is one of four Republican candidates seeking the District 12 seat, along with Rick Allen and Wright McLeod, of Augusta, and Maria Sheffield, of Dublin. The winner will face Democrat John Barrow.
U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, who represents the 10th District, is facing a Republican challenge from Stephen Simpson.
On all county ballots, voters will see questions in two binding referendums: One asks voters across the state to implement an additional 1 percent sales tax for transportation projects, and the other asks voters whether to allow Sunday package sales of alcohol.
Voters in Harlem will hold a separate referendum on Sunday sales but also can vote in the countywide ballot, as can Grovetown voters.