Transportation Board Meeting Cancelled

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The Joint City-County Transportation Board meeting scheduled for April 28th at 6PM has been cancelled.  The next scheduled meeting is May 26, 2016.

Understanding the 2016 Local Primary Elections by Party

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ButtsCountyGeD05aR03aP01ZL-Madison3a_mdmUpdated April 29th: There has been some confusion about voting in the upcoming May 24th Primary Election such as who you can vote for and what the significance is of the election. This article will hopefully clear up some confusion regarding the elections for local offices where persons are running by political parties such as Democrat or Republican.

Registering and Voting

First, in order to be eligible to vote in the May 24th primary, you must be registered to vote. If you were not already registered and did not register to vote by or before April 26th, 2016 you will not be eligible to vote in the primary. If you were already properly registered, you do not have to register again.

Second, early voting begins on Monday, May 2 at the Butts County Administration Building. It is only during early voting that you can vote at the Administration Building. Early voting ends at 5PM on May 2oth.

Third, those who do not vote early can still vote on Election Day, which is Tuesday, May 24th BUT they will have to go to their precinct polling place. They cannot vote at the Administration Building on Election Day. We have seen this happen many times where someone will come running in at 10 minutes before the polls close, only to find out that they have to go to their polling place that day. Plan ahead and vote early at the Administration Building so you won’t risk missing out on the vote on election day.

Who can you vote for? 

This is a primary election, which means that the ballots will be partisan. The party whose ballot you choose will determine who is on the ballot that you can vote for in the PRIMARY and any RUNOFF that might follow-it does NOT determine who you can vote for in the Fall elections but in this particular election, we have many candidates running in just one party so the ballot you choose will determine who you can vote for.

Democratic Ballot

Commission District 2-There is one Democrat running in this race. This is:

  • Robert Henderson (Incumbent)

There are no other Democrats running in any other local Butts County offices or Districts. Only District 2 has a Democrat/Republican contested election.

Republican Ballot

Commission District 1-There are four Republicans running for this seat and no Democrats. These are:

  • Tom Eads
  • Syd Howell
  • Doug King
  • Ken Rivers

Commission District 2-There is one Republican running in this race. This is:

  • Wren Ward

Commission District 5-There is one Republican running for this seat and no Democrats. This is:

  • Russ Crumbley

Sheriff-There are two Republicans running for this seat and no Democrats. They are:

  • Al Duke
  • Gary Long (Incumbent)

District Attorney-There are two Republicans running for this seat and no Democrats. They are:

  • Jonathan Adams
  • Richard Milam (Incumbent)

Tax Commissioner-There is one Republican running for this seat and no Democrats. This is:

  • Nancy Washington

Clerk of Superior Court-There is one Republican running for this seat and no Democrats. This is:

  • Rhonda Smith

Coroner-There is one Republican running for this seat and no Democrats. This is:

  • Ralph Wilson

County Surveyor-There is one Republican running for this seat and no Democrats. This is:

  • Andy Williams

All other elections for local office including School Board, Magistrate Judge, Probate Judge and Superior Court Judge are non-partisan races and you can vote for those candidates regardless of which ballot you choose. Candidates for these races will appear on either ballot, Democrat or Republican. 

Why is this important? 

As said earlier in this article, the ballot you choose will determine who you can vote for. For example, a voter in District 2 who chooses a Democratic ballot will be able to vote for only the candidate running for District 2 as a Democrat. Since that candidate has no Democratic opposition, the voter will be casting a vote for the person who is going to be the Democratic nominee for that office anyway. You would also not be able to vote for either candidate running for Sheriff or District Attorney because their names will only appear on the Republican ballot.

Races that are opposed in two parties by single candidates, such as the District 2 Commission Race, are actually not decided in the primary but in the fall, when both candidates stand for election and voters can vote for whichever candidate they choose. Races that are opposed only within a single party, such as the District 1 Commission Race will generally be decided either in the primary or, if none of the four candidates achieve greater than 50% of the vote, in the runoff election held on July 26th. This usually means that the person who will be elected will be decided by July 26th unless an Independent candidate is fielded following the conclusion of the primary and the runoff.

Races such as the Sheriff’s race and the District Attorney’s race will most likely be decided by the primary because all candidates are running in the same party. However this does not preclude the possibility of an Independent candidate running for the office following the primary if they meet the required criteria. In order to vote for a listed candidate in either of these two races, the voter will have to choose a Republican ballot regardless of which district they live in. A voter that chooses a Democratic ballot will not find any of these candidates listed on the ballot.

Key things to remember

  • Register to vote by April 26th if you are not already registered.
  • Early voting begins May 2nd
  • Election Day for the Primary is May 24th
  • If you are unsure which ballot you need, contact the Elections office ahead of time and ask them to see a sample ballot for your district. They can generally provide any answers you need about the elections. Their number is 770-775-8202
  • VOTE

Sample Ballot Information-Democrat

The example below is intended to demonstrate what would appear on a typical Democratic ballot for Butts County. It is not intended to illustrate an actual elections ballot. It is for informational purposes only. If you have questions, please contact your Elections Department at 770-775-8202. The information below reflects what is currently filed with the Georgia Secretary of State.

COUNTY COMMISSIONER, DISTRICT 2 – Democratic Ballots in District 2 Only
ROBERT L HENDERSON SR
PARTY: DEMOCRATIC
INCUMBENT: YES
OCCUPATION: PASTOR ROCK CREEK MISSIONARY CHURCH
QUALIFIED DATE: 03/10/2016

Non-Partisan races will appear on this ballot as well, including all candidates for School Board, Magistrate Judge, Probate Judge, Superior Court Judge, etc. 

 

Sample Ballot Information-Republican

The example below is intended to demonstrate what would appear on a typical Republican ballot for Butts County. It is not intended to illustrate an actual elections ballot. It is for informational purposes only. If you have questions, please contact your Elections Department at 770-775-8202. The information below reflects what is currently filed with the Georgia Secretary of State.

COUNTY COMMISSIONER, DISTRICT 1 – Republican Ballots in District 1 Only
DOUG KING
PARTY: REPUBLICAN
INCUMBENT: NO
OCCUPATION: RETIRED/DEPUTY CORONER
QUALIFIED DATE: 03/10/2016
KEN RIVERS
PARTY: REPUBLICAN
INCUMBENT: NO
OCCUPATION: INSURANCE AGENT
QUALIFIED DATE: 03/09/2016
SYD HOWELL
PARTY: REPUBLICAN
INCUMBENT: NO
OCCUPATION: LOCAL BUSINESS OWNER (PAWN SHOP)
QUALIFIED DATE: 03/07/2016
TOM EADS
PARTY: REPUBLICAN
INCUMBENT: NO
OCCUPATION: WHOLESALE DISTRIBUTOR
QUALIFIED DATE: 03/11/2016

 

COUNTY COMMISSIONER, DISTRICT 2 – Republican Ballots in District 2 Only
WREN WARD
PARTY: REPUBLICAN
INCUMBENT: NO
OCCUPATION: OWNER BAHAMA MAMA’S TANNING SALON
QUALIFIED DATE: 03/10/2016

 

COUNTY COMMISSIONER, DISTRICT 5  – Republican Ballots in District 5 Only
RUSS CRUMBLEY
PARTY: REPUBLICAN
INCUMBENT: NO
OCCUPATION: FUNERAL AND MONUMENT BUSINESS
QUALIFIED DATE: 03/07/2016

 

SHERIFF – Republican Ballots Only, All Districts
GARY LONG
PARTY: REPUBLICAN
INCUMBENT: YES
OCCUPATION: SHERIFF
QUALIFIED DATE: 03/07/2016
WILLIAM “AL” DUKE III
PARTY: REPUBLICAN
INCUMBENT: NO
OCCUPATION: IT INSTALLER FOR ON SIGHT
QUALIFIED DATE: 03/09/2016

 

CLERK OF SUPERIOR COURT – Republican Ballots Only, All Districts
RHONDA WAITS SMITH
PARTY: REPUBLICAN
INCUMBENT: YES
OCCUPATION: CLERK OF SUPERIOR COURT
QUALIFIED DATE: 03/07/2016
CORONER – Republican Ballots Only, All Districts
RALPH B WILSON
PARTY: REPUBLICAN
INCUMBENT: YES
OCCUPATION: CORONER
QUALIFIED DATE: 03/07/2016

 

COUNTY SURVEYOR – Republican Ballots Only, All Districts
ANDY WILLIAMS
PARTY: REPUBLICAN
INCUMBENT: YES
OCCUPATION: COUNTY SURVEYOR
QUALIFIED DATE: 03/11/2016
TAX COMMISSIONER 
NANCY J WASHINGTON
PARTY: REPUBLICAN
INCUMBENT: YES
OCCUPATION: TAX COMMISSIONER
QUALIFIED DATE: 03/07/2016

 

DISTRICT ATTORNEY, TOWALIGA – Republican Ballots Only, All Districts
JONATHAN ADAMS
PARTY: REPUBLICAN
INCUMBENT: NO
OCCUPATION: ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY
QUALIFIED DATE: 03/09/2016
RICHARD MILAM
PARTY: REPUBLICAN
INCUMBENT: YES
OCCUPATION: DISTRICT ATTORNEY
QUALIFIED DATE: 03/07/2016

Non-Partisan races will appear on this ballot as well, including all candidates for School Board, Magistrate Judge, Probate Judge, Superior Court Judge, etc. 

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Butts Mutt Strut Event!

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The Butts County Humane Society, in conjunction with Butts County Leisure Services will bring the Butts Mutt Strut, a dog-friendly 5K fun run on May 21st from 9AM-2PM at the Daughtry Park Football Field. This event benefits the Humane Society, which in turn supports efforts at our Animal Shelter as well many other areas concerning the well being of our local animal population.

To download an entry form, click here: Entry Form

To download a pledge form and help in other ways, click here: Pledge Form

For more information, call 770-630-8394

See you at the Butts Mutt Strut!

Upcoming Community Events!

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Butts County Surplus Yard Sale & Adopt a Pet

Yard sale adBeginning at 8AM on April 9th, Butts County will be holding a yard sale of surplus furniture and equipment adjacent to the Animal Control Shelter on Bibb Station Road and this will run until 11:30 AM. In conjunction with the yard sale, Butts County Animal Control, along with Butts Mutts, Butts County Human Society and Animal Rescue Volunteers will be hosting an Adopt-A-Pet drive at the shelter with all adoption fees waived! This will be the perfect opportunity to find just the right pet and there is a nice variety to choose from!

 

 

Opening Day at Daughtry Park

It’s baseball and softball season again and Opening Day at the Park will begin on Saturday, April 9th at 9:00 AM with player lineup at the Youth Center for the 9:15 Parade to Field A for Opening Ceremonies. Games will begin at 10:30 AM.  You don’t want to miss this annual event if you have kids in the programs, have been in the programs yourself or are one of our great community supporters. Come out and support our recreation league ballplayers!

Ribbon Cutting-Flovilla Historic Schoolhouse

After much work and time over the past few years, a ribbon cutting event will be held at the Flovilla Historic Schoolhouse on April 30, 2016 at 10:30 AM. The Historic Schoolhouse is an interesting time capsule that showcases country schools typical of the kind found in the early part of the 20th century. The public is cordially invited to attend.

 

Board of Commissioners to Meet April 11th

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The Board of Commissioners will hold a workshop on April 11th at 5PM and a regular meeting following at 6PM in the C. Wayne King Auditorium at 625 W. Third Street, Jackson, GA.  The public is invited to attend.

The Commission meets on the 2nd  Monday of each month at the above location unless otherwise posted.  For more information, contact the County Clerk, Crystal Griggs-Epps at cepps@buttscounty.org.

Magistrate Court to Close Temporarily for Carpet Replacement

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Butts County Magistrate Court will close at noon on Thursday, April 7th and all day on Friday, April 8th to have their carpet that was saturated during the roof leaks replaced. It should take only one day to complete the job; therefore, the Magistrate Court will open for business as usual the following Monday, April 11, 2016.

 

Flovilla Water Advisory Lifted

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Flovilla’s boil-water advisory was lifted Tuesday afternoon, according to Mayor Beth Ogletree. The Georgia EPD has cleared the water quality following a water main break that caused dangerously low pressures in parts of the system.