Originally created 07/22/98

Unknowns battle for 10th congressional seat



In a battle of two unknown Democrats seeking to face U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., Denise Freeman of Lincoln County was easily leading Verdree Lockhart Sr. of Louisville on Tuesday for the 10th Congressional District nomination.

With 51 of 313 precincts counted, Mrs. Freeman had 3,432 votes to 1,223 for Dr. Lockhart. In Richmond County, Mrs. Freeman led 2,872 to 959 for Dr. Lockhart with 36 of 72 precincts counted, while in Columbia County Mrs. Freeman led Dr. Lockhart by 208-81 with six of 37 precincts tallied. In Burke County, Mrs. Freeman got 352 votes to 183 for Dr. Lockhart with nine of 15 precincts counted.

"We campaigned that all things are possible if you believe, so the main ingredient for this campaign was God," Mrs. Freeman said.

Both candidates ran similar low-budget campaigns in the 24-county district.

Mrs. Freeman, a former member of the Lincoln County Board of Education, stressed using the office to bring in industry and create jobs. Dr. Lockhart touted his 40 years of experience in education.

Either faces a formidable opponent in Dr. Norwood, who was unopposed in the Republican primary.