On Tuesday, November 6, voters will go to the polls across the country and in Appling County to cast a vote for the next President and Vice President of the United States. There will be three choices including Republicans Mitt Romney - President and Paul Ryan -Vice President, Democrats Barack Obama - President and Joe Biden - Vice President (Incumbents) and Libertarians Gary Johnson - President and James P. Gray - Vice President.
The 12th Congressional District race, which now includes Appling, will be decided on Tuesday. Running for the position are Lee Anderson (Republican) and John Barrow (Democrat - Incumbent).
There will also be a couple of contested state races on the ballot. For Public Service Commissioner (Chuck Eaton’s seat), Chuck Eaton (Republican - Incumbent) will face Stephen Oppenheimer (Democrat) and Brad Ploeger (Libertarian). For Public Service Commissioner (Stan Wise’s seat), Stan Wise (Republican - Incumbent) will face David Staples (Libertarian).
On the local front, there are several contested races. For Sheriff of Appling County Incumbent Benny Deloach (Republican) will face Eldon Carter (Democrat). In the race for Appling County Tax Commissioner, Incumbent Debra Carter (Democrat) will face newcomer Dean Collins (Republican). For Appling County Commissioner, District 5, Incumbent Charlie Leggett (Republican) will face newcomer Edna Vaughn (Democrat). For Appling County Commissioner, District 3, Incumbent Theodore Wilkerson (Democrat) appears to have no competition on the ballot. However, Gary Solomon has qualified to run as a write-in candidate.
There will be two Proposed Constitutional Amendments on the ballot. The first amendment asks, “Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?” The second amendment asks, “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?” Voters will be given the option to vote “yes” or “no” on both proposed amendments.
Finally, there is a special election race for the citizens of the City of Graham. Voters will decide on the mayor position for the city and running for this office are Ralph Crosby and Don Rentz.