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Douglasville Election Guide 2012

The candidates, voting information and issues that will be affecting Douglas County.

As we look ahead to November’s elections, Douglasville Patch is devoted to bring you the information you need about every race in town. Bookmark this page for updates.

Voting Info

  • Sample Ballot: To see your sample ballot, go to the Secretary of State's website and enter your address.
  • Polling locations: Once a voter goes to the poll locator and enters their required information the poll locator, http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/polllocator/PollLocator.aspx, it should then pull up their voting precinct as well as supply the voter with a link to click on to display their sample ballot.
  • Early Voting: General Election advance voting starts on Oct. 15. Here are the dates and places where advanced voting is available:

Advance Voting for the General Election: Oct. 15 through Nov. 2, Training Room, first floor, Douglas County Courthouse

Advance Voting: Oct. 29 through Nov. 2, at the Old Courthouse, Deer Lick Park Activity Center, Boundary Waters Aquatic Center, Training Room, first floor New Courthouse, Dog River Library

Saturday Advance Voting: Oct. 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Training Room, first floor, Douglas County Courthouse

  • General Election
    • Deadline to Register to Vote in the General Election: Oct. 9,
    • General Election: Nov. 6,
    • General Election Run-off (if necessary): Dec. 4,

Everyone interested in voting is encouraged by Laurie Fulton, Douglas County elections supervisor, to visit the My Voter Page at the Georgia Secretary of State’s website.

Senate District 30

Four of the five candidates vying for the District 30 state Senate senate seat are Republicans: Mike Dugan, a general contractor from Carrollton; Bill Hembree, who resigned from his reelection bid in House District 67 to pursue the Senate seat; Carrollton business consultant James Naughton; and attorney Glenn Richardson of Hiram, the former State House speaker who resigned in 2010 following a suicide attempt and the revelation by his wife that he had an affair with a Capitol lobbyist.

 

Tell us in the comments which races interest you the most.


House District 66

Douglasville resident Bob Snelling beat out two opponents in the GOP primary to face Dallas' Kimberly Alexander, the sole Democrat vying for the state House District 66 seat.

There was no incumbent in this newly created district.

House District 67

Following Hamrick's appointment and Hembree's resignation from his bid for reelection to state House District 67, Republicans named  Paulding resident Micah Gravley as their replacement candidate.

He faces Leigh McMutry, a Democrat from Winston; Hembree and Mcmutry were unopposed in July primary.

House District 13 

Republican S. Malik is running against incumbent Democrat David Scott.

County Commission Chairman

Incumbent Republican Tom Worthan is running against Democrat Romona Jackson Jones.

Sheriff

Incumbent Republican Phil Miller is running against Democrat Derrick T. Broughton.

Tax Commissioner

Incumbent Republican Todd Cowan is running against Democrat Greg Baker.

Judge of the Probate Court

Incumbent Republican Hal E. Hamrick is running unopposed.

Clerk of Superior Court

Incumbent Republican Rhonda G. Payne is running unopposed.

Coroner

Incumbent Republican Randy Daniel is running unopposed.

Ballot Issues

Proposed Constitutional Amendments

Question 1: "Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?"

Question 2: "Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to provide for a reduction in the state's operating costs by allowing the General Assembly to authorize certain state agencies to enter into multiyear rental agreements?"

Special Election

Question 1: Sunday Package Sales

"Shall the governing authority of Douglas County, Georgia be authorized to permit and regulate package sales on Sundays by retailers of package malt beverages and wine between the hours of 12:30 P.M. and 11:30 P.M.?"

Question 2: Sunday Sales by The Drink

"Shall the governing authority of Douglas County, Georgia be authorized to permit and regulate Sunday sales of distilled spirits or alcoholic beverages for beverage purposes by the drink?"

City of Douglasville Sunday Package Sales Special Election Question:

“Shall the governing authority of the City of Douglasville, Georgia be authorized to permit and regulate package sales by retailers of malt beverages, wine and distilled spirits on Sundays between the hours of 12:30 P.M. and 11:30 P.M.?”

According to Fulton, about 18 percent of the voters that live within the Douglasville city limits have a different polling place for city elections than they do for state/county elections.

Those include (but are not limited to) people in the following precincts: Lithia Springs, Chestnut Log, Turner and Bright Star.

In order to avoid going to two voting locations on election day, those people should take advantage of advanced voting or voting by mail. The affected voters must request two ballots from the election official and fill out two forms. There will be signs posted to remind voters, Fulton said, but election personnel will not ask voters if they need two ballots.

Suzi G October 05, 2012 at 03:50 PM
I have lived in Douglas County for the last 10 years. Who is Romona Jackson Jones and where did she come from? I have never seen a picture of her or heard about her ? Why would she run for this position without putting herself out there to the voters of Douglas County? I would think she would have purchased an ad here on this website or some other local literatue that has been mailed to me over the last few months. I have had least seen the other candidate who is running for Sheriff. From what I heard this man moved to Douglas County 6 months prior to his eligibility to run for that position. I heard he came from Dekalb County- thanks but no thanks. We don't need any of the problems and scandals coming here from that county. I don't have to ties to any people here in this County nor in this state. I am a property owner and a law abiding citizen of Douglas County. I want to know who I am voting for and these 2 candidates have done nothing to make me want to vote for either one of them. I have helped in State elections in my home state and drove around the candidate who went door-door shaking hands and getting out his message. This is how you meet, talk and get your message out to your voters.
John Barker (Editor) October 05, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Thanks for your comment Suzi G., Romona Jackson Jones chose not to respond to questions Patch presented her with for this article but her photo is here: http://patch.com/A-wxLY
Barbara Jeannetta smith October 18, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Suzi G. Thanks for your comments. Romona Jackson Jones is a visionary Community Servant, U.S. Veteran, Educator, Healthcare Leader. Aspiring courageous female political figure, Jackson Jones is notable for her ability “to get things done”. She has resided in Douglasville Georgia for the past 10 years. Jackson Jones ran for Douglas County Commissioner District 3 in 2010. Jackson Jones served our community through civic organizations. Her formerly held positions of the Douglas County Democratic Party includes: Executive Committee Member, Treasurer, Visibility Director, Post Seat Holder District 3 and Women’s Council Co-founder. In 2009, Jackson Jones served as Campaign Manager for Georgia State Senate Race with 42 precincts including Douglas County. Derrick T. Broughton ran for sheriff in the 2008 election. What you have witnessed, is not true. Both candidates have been visible and are visible. You would have seen them in the parades if no where else..
Teresa Rosche Ott October 25, 2012 at 04:49 PM
While I voted for neither of the two candidates Suzi G. mentioned, I can tell you that I have seen both out campaigning around the county at least a few times each, and have spoken with each at least once. The truth of the matter is that it's easier to be visible when one has money and time. Signs and mailers are costly - mailers are extremely expensive if they go out to enough addresses to make a difference. Door knocking is wonderful but among the most time and energy intensive efforts, so even those inclined to do it can't get around to the majority of homes, even with an army of volunteers - especially if they have other responsibilities such as employment and children. Further, cold, hard political reality dictates that any candidate - well-funded or not - should prioritize commitments of time according to the likely return. Community events like our July 4th parade and September Saturdays are the types of things that most candidates do regardless of budget as they're low cost and reach a great number of people in a short amount of time. If you tend to support candidates of one party and don't attend many community events, you might not see candidates of other parties at all. It does help candidates to buy mailers, ads and TV and radio spots, because most of us don't go out of our way to research candidates. But when this is all we go on we keep electing the same kinds of people: well-funded career politicians.
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 08:01 AM
On the ballot for the Presidency, Gov. Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Dr. Jill Stein (Green). Make a special note to remember to watch the Free and Equal Election Debate between third party candidates, Gov. Gary Johnson and Dr. Jill Stein to be aired tonight on Monday evening, Nov. 5th from 9:00 - 10:30 pm Eastern Time. Perform a worthwhile civic duty, and be certain to listen in on this historic debate so that you can make an informed decision on voting day. Third party candidates who will be on the ballot in most states deserve to be heard. http://freeandequal.org/?v=1
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 03:17 PM
"Support for Kill List and NDAA make Obama and Romney Unfit for Office" Read more: http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/reawakening-liberty/2012/nov/2/support-kill-list-and-ndaa-make-obama-and-romney-u/ See if there is a clear winner to our Presidential Election 2012. Make a special note to watch the Free and Equal Election Debate between third party Presidential candidates, Gov. Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Dr. Jill Stein (Green), to be aired tonight on Monday evening, Nov. 5th from 9:00 - 10:30 pm Eastern Time. Perform a worthwhile civic duty, and be certain to listen in on this historic debate so that you can make an informed decision on voting day. Third party candidates who will be on the ballot in most states deserve to be heard. http://freeandequal.org/?v=1

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