District 1 State Representative: Republicans John Deffenbaugh (i), Robert Goff and Alan Painter; Democrat Thomas McMahan
District 53 State Senate: Republicans Jeff Mullis (i) and Thomas Dooley
Lookout Mountain Judicial District State Court Judge Ralph Van Pelt (i) and Jon Bolling “Bo” Wood (i)
• District 4 Commissioner: Republicans Dewayne Hill (i) and Ray Johnson
• District 2 Commissioner: Republicans Bobby Winters (i) and Fred Loyd.
• Board of Education, District 2, one seat open: Jack Sims
• Board of Education, District 4, one seat open: David Moller (i)
• Soil and Water Conservation District, two seats open: Keith Bonnell, James Lyles
Board of Education, Seat 2: Democrat Alma Lewis (i)
Board of Education, Seat 3: Democrat Eddie Massey (i)
Board of Education, Seat 4: Democrat Larry Weesner (i)
State Court Judge: Samuel Carroll Finster (i), John R. Dennis
• District 1 Commissioner: Republicans Mitchell Smith, Terry Phillips, Lamar Lowery
• District 2 Commissioner: Republicans Scottie Pittman (i), Nathan Baker
• District 1 school board: Republican Cindy Shaw (i) Democrats Ronald Baldwin, Jane Dixon
• District 2 school board: Republicans Summer Lawson Kelley, Jennifer Hartline, Larry G. Williams
• School Board District 2: Republican Charles Wilson
• School Board District 3: Republican Mike Carruth (i)
• State Court Solicitor Patrick Clements (i)
• County Commission District 1: Republicans Nicky Starling, Barry Robbins, Cody Holloway, Renee Davis
• County Commission District 3: Roger Krossen
• Whitfield County Schools Board District 2: Republicans Rodney Locke, Jamie Johnson
• Whitfield County Schools Board District 4: Republican Louis Fordham (i)
• Whitfield County Schools Board at-large: Republican Bill Worley (i), Brian Fossett
When Georgia’s primary election rolls around on May 20, Catoosa County residents can choose which Republican candidates they’d like to elect.
“No Democrats qualified locally,” county Custodian of Elections John Campbell said.
That’s becoming a trend, because no Democrats ran during the last primary when county-level seats were open in July 2012 — the first time in recent memory that Republicans completely dominated the ballot in Catoosa County.
Likewise, the primary ballots in Walker and Whitfield counties are solid red: Only Republicans are running for the county-level partisan slots that are open.
Dade County looks a little purple, with a mix of two Democrats and nine Republicans running for county-level office.
Across Georgia, candidate qualifying for the 2014 primary elections ended at noon Friday, according to The Associated Press. Candidates had been signing up since Monday.
As expected, Gov. Nathan Deal drew two Republican primary opponents — state School Superintendent John Barge and Dalton Mayor David Pennington. State Sen. Jason Carter is the only Democrat running for governor.
The race to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss drew seven Republicans, including three GOP congressmen, and four Democrats. Plenty of Republicans also lined up to seek the open U.S. House seats being vacated by Reps. Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston.
The state school superintendent’s race proved the most crowded. The open seat drew nine Republicans and six Democrats.
One newsworthy development in Dade County is that District Three Commissioner Robert Goff resigned around noon Friday in order to run for the Georgia House District 1 seat that includes Dade and Walker counties. So it will be a three-way Republican race for District 1 among incumbent John Deffenbaugh, Goff and Alan Painter. Democratic District 1 candidate Thomas McMahan runs unopposed.
The county commission will appoint someone to temporarily fill Goff’s seat.
Chattooga County is all blue. Only Democrats are running for county-level seats in Chattooga, a stronghold for the party that once dominated southern politics. Voters in Chattooga County also will decide whether restaurants in unincorporated areas should be allowed to sell distilled spirits — liquor — by the drink.
“We’ve had requests from some of our restaurants to be able to sell,” said county Sole Commissioner Jason Winters, who put the question on the primary ballot. Two cities in the county — Summerville and Lyerly — already have approved liquor by the drink, he said.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
Contact staff writer Tim Omarzu at 423-757-6651 or email@example.com.
Tim Omarzu covers Catoosa and Walker counties for the Times Free Press. Omarzu is a longtime journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor at daily and weekly newspapers in Michigan, Nevada and California. Stories he's covered include crime in blighted parts of metro Detroit and Reno, Nev.; environmental activists tree-sitting in California's Sierra Nevada foothills; attempts by the Michigan Militia to take over a township¹s government in northern Michigan. A native of Michigan, ...