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May 4, 2014

Early voting is underway, a great opportunity

From a U.S. Senate seat and the governor’s mansion, to local county commission and school board posts, Whitfield County and Murray County voters will help choose the major party candidates for a number of offices during the May 20 general primary.

But they don’t have to wait until then to vote.

Early voting is currently underway in that primary.

In Whitfield County, early voting takes place in the elections office in the courthouse from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. In Murray County, early voting takes place in the elections office in the courthouse annex from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

In both counties, and across the state, early voting will also be held on Saturday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early voting concludes on Friday, May 16.

At the top of the ticket, Republicans will choose from among incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal, former Dalton mayor David Pennington and state school Superintendent John Barge as their nominee for governor. The winner of that race will face Jason Carter, a state senator from Decatur, who is the only Democrat in the race.

Eight candidates are seeking the Republican nomination for Senate. They include U.S. representatives Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston; former Georgia secretary of state Karen Handel, businessmen David Perdue of Macon and Eugene Yu of Augusta; Marietta attorney Art Gardner; and Derrick Grayson of Stone Mountain.

Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former U.S. senator Sam Nunn, Atlanta physician Branko Radulovacki, Oglethorpe Mayor Gerald Beckum, former state senator Steen Miles and ex-U.S. Army Ranger Todd Robinson of Columbus are seeking the Democratic nomination for Senate.

Locally, there are contested races for the state House of Representatives, the Whitfield County Board of Commissioners, the Whitfield Board of Education, the Murray Board of Education, Murray County’s chief magistrate judge and a seat on the Conasauga Superior Court, which covers both Whitfield and Murray counties.

Don’t let this opportunity to influence these and other races pass you by. If you are registered to vote and aren’t certain you’ll be able to vote on May 20, please take advantage of early voting.

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