We are today twenty days away from the November 7 election day, with early voting continuing in Athens and Oconee County: special legislative elections in House Districts 117 and 119 highlight a ballot that will also include municipal elections—mayor’s races in Jefferson and Elberton—and a transportation sales tax referendum in Athens. The early voting that began Monday continues through Friday November 3.
Republican candidates in the House races met in a candidates forum last night on the Oconee County campus of the University of North Georgia. Houston Gaines is opposed by Democrat Deborah Gonzalez in the race to fill the unexpired term of former state Rep Regina Quick, who left the legislature to become a Superior Court judge. Tom Lord, Steve Strickland, and Marcus Wiedower are running for the post vacated by Chuck Williams, who gave up his House seat to become the director of the Georgia Forestry Commission. Democrat Jonathan Wallace did not attend last night’s Oconee County forum.