Qualifying for this year’s election ended August 18 at 4:30 p.m., and the Emanuel County Elections Office announced shortly after that time the names of 14 candidates vying for various municipal positions.
Running for Swainsboro mayor, in alphabetical order by last name, are: Greg Bennett, Shayna Boston, and Charles Schwabe.
Swainsboro City Council’s Ward 1 seat is also up for grabs. Again, alphabetized by last name, candidates include: Sue Bragg, Dr. DJ Davis, and Luis Machado. (A story detailing each of these individuals’ campaign announcements can be found elsewhere in this edition.) These candidates will be vying for the seat left vacant by Ricky Stevens’ removal from council earlier this month.
Johnny Ray Stafford, who currently fills Swainsboro City Council’s Ward 3 seat, will face opposition in K.E. McNeal.
Bobbie Collins will run for Swainsboro City Council’s Ward 4 seat unopposed. She has filled this capacity since November 2005.
Running for Swainsboro City Council’s Ward 6 seat is Gregory Quarterman. Rita Faulkner, who has filled this seat since 1996, is not seeking re-election.
The City of Stillmore has two seats up for grabs as well. Campaigning for election are, in alphabetical order by last name: Colleen Slater Duckworth, incumbent Kymberly Bowman, incumbent Susan Mincey, and Patricia Purcell.
The City of Twin City was to hold an election of their own, but because the only qualifiers were incumbents (District 1’s Jule Bady and District 2’s Charles Moody), that election has since been canceled.
Election Day is set for November 2. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Early voting will begin October 12 and will run October 29, including two Saturdays, October 16 and October 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you’re planning to early vote, you’ll need to do that at the elections office in Swainsboro.
Absentee voting will begin with the earliest day to request a ballot on August 16 and run 11 days before the election. Ballots can be obtained one of two ways: by printing it from the Secretary of State’s website, filling it out, and sending it back to the elections office or by calling the local elections office. Ballots should be mailed out to votes on October 11.
If you need to register to vote or change your voting information, you’ll need to do that by October 4. Again, you can do that online at the Secretary of State’s website or by visiting the local office in person.
Other pertinent information
All of these municipal elections will be nonpartisan, so you don’t need to “vote with the party.” You can only vote in Swainsboro’s mayoral race if you live inside the city limits, and you can only vote in a ward race if you live in that particular race.
Nonetheless, everyone needs to vote in the November election because regardless of where you live, the newest SPLOST referendum will be determined at the polls at that time.