Augusta-area primary, nonpartisan race updates

Augusta-area primary, nonpartisan race updates
Augusta-area primary, nonpartisan race updates

Polls across the Augusta area opened at 7 am today for Primary Election Day. This is where voters will decide who goes on the November ballot, although many elections will be decided today as races can be nonpartisan.

Some notable local offices up for grabs here are the Richmond County sheriff, Georgia House District 131 representative, and US House District 12 representative. This is also election day for several nonpartisan races including half of the Augusta Commission and a judge’s seat on the Superior Court of the Augusta Judicial Circuit.

Voters also have some important questions to answer, including whether or not the Augusta mayor should get an equal vote to the Augusta Commission.

This story will be updated regularly throughout the day. Check for the latest.

Who is on the ballot in the primary? Here’s a breakdown for contested races in the Augusta area

Some residents made the decision to cast their vote first thing in the morning, among them US Rep. Rick Allen, who was at the Julian Smith Casino just after 8 am One local issue he expressed was his support for the Augusta mayor’s vote.

“He’s our city’s top elected official and he needs to have skin in the game,” Allen said. “Just like the speaker of the House, he doesn’t have to vote on everything, but he has the right to vote on those things.”

Another local issue Allen has been very involved with has been the safety and health issues reported around Bon Air Apartments. This morning he provided an update, saying renovations are currently underway with an expected completion by next year, and his office continues to follow those developments closely.

Allen is currently running for re-election, but is unopposed in the race for the Republican nomination. After today, he will face off against the Democratic nominee for the November election.

—Miguel Legoas

Betty Ingram stopped by Abilene Baptist Church on Washington Road to vote Tuesday morning before heading into work.

“I voted Republican,” she said. “I always vote Republican.”

Voting was light but steady at Abilene early Tuesday as the polls opened. Poll manager Molly Boyleston said so far all was well. She has been a poll worker for 33 years.

−Jennifer Miller

Q&A: Richmond County sheriff Democratic candidates talk misconduct, transparency and more

Voting was steady but light at Patriot’s Park in Grovetown on Tuesday morning, poll workers said.

Edward Duffy said he and his wife Barbara voted straight Republican. “We’ve been happy with the way things are going” in Columbia County.

Robert Gray, retired military, said he voted Democratic because the party’s values ​​are more in line with his.

−Jennifer Miller

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