Originally created 08/08/06

Runoff election to decide races



Hardie Davis Jr. will see whether he has what it takes today to beat longtime politician Richard Colclough in the race for Georgia House District 122.

"We're hopefully optimistic," Mr. Davis said Monday afternoon, as he went door to door asking voters to return to the polls today. "We're trying to get out and meet as many people as we can."

The Davis-Colclough matchup is the only local race on the ballot today, and Georgia election officials expect only 10-13 percent of registered voters to show up for the runoff election.

The secretary of state's office predicts about half as many voters as voted in the July 18 primaries, when 22 percent of the state's 4.2 million voters turned out.

In Richmond County, Lynn Bailey, the Board of Elections executive director, expects an 8-12 percent turnout.

Mr. Colclough, 66, is the regional director for Advantage Counseling Service Inc. and served on the Augusta Commission for eight years. He did not return a telephone message for comment Monday.

Mr. Davis, 37, is a business owner and a pastor and is serving as the vice chairman of the Board of Zoning Appeals. He is a member of Leadership Georgia 2006.

Among the Democrats, the top statewide race is for lieutenant governor, between Greg Hecht, a former state lawmaker from Jonesboro, and Jim Martin, a former director of the state Department of Human Resources and a former state representative. The winner will face Republican Casey Cagle in November.

For Republicans, the top state election is for secretary of state, between Fulton County Commission Chairwoman Karen Handel and state Sen. Bill Stephens, of Canton. Democrats also will be deciding their nominee - between state Rep. Gail Buckner, of Jonesboro, and businessman Darryl Hicks, of Fayetteville.

Republicans also will pick between Gary Black, a farmer from Commerce, and state Sen. Brian Kemp, of Athens, for state agriculture commissioner, with the winner facing Tommy Irvin, a Democrat who has held the post since 1969.

RUNOFF ELECTIONS AT A GLANCE


Who can vote: Anyone who did not vote in the July 18 primary election is eligible to vote in either political party's runoff. Voters who cast ballots in the primary may vote only in the same party's runoff.


When to vote: Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today.


Where to vote: To find your polling place, visit www.sos.state.ga.us/cgi-bin/Locator.asp.




More information


- Visit www.augusta chronicle.com/election.


- In Richmond County, visit the Richmond County Board of Elections Web site, www.augustaga.gov/departments/board_elections/vote_info.asp; or call (706) 821-2340.


- In Columbia County, visit the Board of Elections Web site, www.columbia countyga.gov/home/index.asp?page=2330, or call (706) 868-3355.


- Georgia Secretary of State, www.sos.state.ga.us


THE RACES

Democratic nominations


Georgia House District 122:


- Richard Colclough


- Hardie Davis Jr.

Lieutenant governor:


- Greg Hecht


- Jim Martin

Secretary of state:


- Gail Buckner


- Darryl Hicks

Republican nominations


Secretary of agriculture:


- Gary Black


- Brian Kemp

Secretary of state:


- Karen Handel


- Bill Stephens