These are the last few weeks of campaigning before the Nov. 4 election, and local candidates are talking with residents about issues and their visions for how local government will look in the coming years.
In addition to state and federal house and senate contests, Montgomery County voters will choose between incumbent Democrat Dempsey Owens, Jr., and Republican challenger Chris Watkins in the race for Sheriff.
Republican Clerk of Superior Court John K. Deaton is running for reelection and is facing a challenge from Democrat Franchion (Kay) Robinson.
On the five-member Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, two at-large seats are on the ballot. Democrats Dolon W. Corbett and Jackie Morris, the current board chair, are running for reelection, and they are being challenged by Republican Michael K. Criscoe.
County residents will also choose between Boon Chesson and Jeff Maness as director of the Soil & Water Conservation District, and voters in the northwestern part of the county will participate in the election of a supervisor for the Handy Sanitary District, where seven candidates are running.
Four seats on the Board of Education are on the ballot, but the incumbent candidates are unopposed.
Fri., Oct. 10, at 5 p.m. is the deadline for new voter registration and changes to existing registrations at county Board of Elections offices across the state.
Decision 2014 is WMTG’s continuing coverage of candidates and issues ahead of next month’s election. As part of that coverage, we have scheduled another rebroadcast of the meet-the-candidates event held last month in Star. That program includes remarks from many local candidates, and it can be heard Sun., Oct. 12, at 8 a.m. All the candidate remarks from that program are also available on demand in the Decision 2014 section of our website at wmtg.org.
Starting Mon., Oct. 13, WMTG will air a series of local candidate talks as part of our daily coverage. We’ve offered candidates for Sheriff, County Commissioner, Clerk of Superior Court and Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor up to five minutes each to speak on topics of their choice. The remarks will be presented one candidate at a time, starting with the candidates for Sheriff, Mon. and Tue., Oct. 13 and 14, in our local newscasts at 7 a.m., 12 noon and 4 p.m. The audio files will be posted to the website after they have aired.