Winters, Heiskell, Loudermilk opposed
Voters in Chattooga and Walker counties will choose their sole county commissioner today and Bartow County has contested state and federal legislative races.
Most of the seats to be filled this year were decided in the primary elections, but there are a few face-offs on the ballots in neighboring Northwest Georgia counties:
• Chattooga: Democrat Jimmy Holbrook is challenging incumbent Republican Jason Winters for the single county commissioner seat. Chattooga is one of eight Georgia counties that does not have a board.
Republican Rickey Hughes and Democrat Joy Cooper Hampton are vying for the open tax commissioner seat; and county school board incumbent Betsy Dellenback, a Democrat, has drawn a challenge from Republican John Agnew.
• Bartow: Democrat Don Wilson is challenging incumbent Republican Barry Loudermilk for the 11th District congressional seat. Another Democrat, Stephanie F. Lujan, is trying to wrest the Georgia House District 15 seat from incumbent Republican Paul Battles.
• Polk: Linda Smith, the Republican incumbent, is being challenged for the Probate Court judge seat by Shannon McGee, who qualified as in independent. The District 3 school board seat also is a contest between incumbent Republican Scottie Worthington and independent James "J.P." Foster.
The city of Aragon also is having a special election. Three people are vying to serve the unexpired term of Mayor Brenda Gazaway, who died in June: Melisa Hughes, Garry Baldwin and Steve "Skip" Elders. Also, Debora Pittman and Kelsey Collum are vying to serve out the City Council term of Curtis Burrus, who was acting mayor when he died in August.
• Gordon: Republican businessman Pat Rasbury defeated incumbent Chief Magistrate Ricky Silvers in a primary runoff. There is no Democrat in the race, but Scott Haynes, a truck driver, has qualified as a write-in candidate. His name won’t be on the ballot, but votes for him will be counted.
• Walker: There’s a three-way contest for the sole county commissioner seat. Incumbent Bebe Heiskell left the Republican Party to run as an independent. She is being challenged by independent Perry Lamb Jr. and Republican Shannon K. Whitfield.
In the Post 4 school board race, Democrat Vincent Murphy is trying to unseat incumbent Republican Dale Wilson.
• There are no contested races in Catoosa County.