What races will be on your ballot in Southeast Georgia?

Voters in Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Glynn, Pierce and Ware counties will begin voting by mail this month in races from US Senate to their county’s elected officials

While multiple races will appear on every voter’s ballot, Georgia’s biggest prize -- and intrigue -- this election year are the state’s two U.S. Senate seats.

Rarely are both Senate seats in any state up for election at the same time, but Sen. Johnny Isakson’s resignation for health reasons late last year set up a crowded special election that will appear on the same ballot as all of the other Senate seats and the rest of the races in this general election.

U.S. Senate (remaining 2 years of term)

There is no primary in this race. All 20 qualified candidates, regardless of party, will appear on the ballot. Unless one candidate defies reality and receives more than 50% of the vote, the top two finishers will advance to a runoff election to be held on Jan. 5, 2021.

Doug Collins - attorney - dougforgeorgia.comDeborah Jackson - attorney - www.deborahforgeorgia.comBrian Slowinski - Libertarian - voteslowinski.com
Derrick Grayson - network engineer - graysonforga.comJameia James - retired Air Force/business owner - www.jamesiajames4ussenate.comAl Bartell - independent - business consultant - www.bartellforsenate.com
Annette Davis Jackson - businesswoman - annettedjackson.wixsite.com/ussenateTamara Johnson-Shealey - advocate - www.tamaraforgeorgia.comAllen Buckley - independent - attorney/CPA - buckleyforsenate.org
A. Wayne Johnson - business executive - www.johnsonsenate.comMatt Lieberman - former teacher and head of school - liebermanforsenate.comMichael Todd Greene - independent - former educator
Kelly Loeffler - incumbent U.S. Senator - www.kellyforsenate.comJoy Felicia Slade - physicianValencia Stovall - independent - business owner - www.gostovall.com
Kandiss Taylor - educator - www.kandisstaylor.comEd Tarver - attorney - www.tarverforsenate.comJohn Fortuin - Green Party - property manager - fortuinforgeorgia.com
Raphael Warnock - pastor - warnockforgeorgia.com
Richard Dien Winfield - professor - winfieldforsenate.com

U.S. Senate (6-year term)

The second Senate seat on the ballot is on its normal election cycle. It went through the normal (although pandemic-delayed) primary process, where Democrat Jon Ossoff prevailed in a seven-candidate contest and challenges incumbent Republican Sen. David Perdue, who had no Republican opponent in the primary, and Libertarian Shane Hazel.

David Perdue - incumbent - perduesenate.comJon Ossoff - journalist - electjon.comShane Hazel - business development - shanehazel.com

GEORGIA VOTER’S GUIDE: 3 ways you can vote

Statewide constitutional amendments/referendum

  • Amendment 1: Taxes - Authorizes the Georgia Legislature to dedicate tax or fee revenue to the public purpose for which the taxes or fees were imposed.
  • Amendment 2: Administration of government - Allows residents to seek declaratory relief from state or local laws that violate the state constitution or state law.
  • Referendum A: Taxes - Exempts from property taxes property owned by a 501(c)(3) public charity if the property is owned exclusively for the purpose of building or repairing single-family homes and the charity provides interest-free financing to the individual(s) purchasing the home.

DOCUMENT: Complete working of amendments and summary of referendum

Map of Georgia's 14 congressional districts

1st Congressional District

U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, who is running for a fourth term in the U.S. House representing all of coastal Georgia, prevailed over two Republican challengers in the primary and will face Democrat Joyce Marie Griggs, who also defeated two primary opponents.

Earl “Buddy” Carter - incumbent - buddycarterforcongress.comJoyce Marie Griggs - retired military -griggsforcongress.com
Southeast Georgia's state Senate districts

State Senate District 3

Sen. William Ligon, of White Oak, who has represented Brantley, Camden, Glynn and eastern Charlton counties for a decade, announced in February he would not seek reelection. Sheila McNeill won a three-candidate Republican primary and will face independent Cedric King in the general election. There is no Democrat in the race, but Nathan Russo did qualify as a write-in candidate.

Sheila McNeill - military advocate - www.mcneillforsenate.comCedric King - community relations manager - www.cedricforgeorgia.com
Southeast Georgia state House districts

State House District 167

The district includes northern Glynn County and all of McIntosh County.

Buddy Deloach - retired - buddydeloach.comNone

Jerrold Dagen qualified as a write-in candidate in the 167th District.

State House District 174

Republican Rep. John Corbett, a business owner and farmer from Lake Park, is unopposed for another term representing Clinch, southern Ware and Charlton counties and southeastern Camden County

State House District 178

Republican Rep. Steven Meeks, a farmer from Screven, is unopposed for reelection in this district that represents Brantley, Pierce and southern Wayne counties.

State House District 179

This district covers southern Glynn County, including Brunswick, Jekyll and St. Simons Islands.

Don Hogan (incumbent) - retired - facebook.com/repdonhoganJulie Jordan - retired educator - julieforgeorgia.com

State House District 180

Republican Rep. Steven Sainz, who is CEO of Camden Connection, is unopposed for reelection in this district that represents northern Camden and northern Charlton counties.

Georgia Public Service Commission

Seats on northern and southern districts of the Public Service Commission are on this year’s ballot.

Northern District

Lauren Bubba McDonald Jr. (incumbent) - businessmanDaniel Blackman - business manager - danielforgeorgia.comNathan Wilson - project manager - nathan4liberty.com

Southern District

Jason Shaw (incumbent) - businessman and farmer - shawforgeorgia.comRobert G. Bryant - educator - www.robertforga.comElizabeth Melton - writer - melton4georgia.com

Races in Southeast Georgia counties

Brunswick Circuit District Attorney

The circuit includes Camden, Glynn, Jeff Davis, Wayne and Appling counties.

Jackie Johnson - incumbent - votejackiejohnson.comKeith Higgins - attorney - www.votekeithhiggins.com

Brantley County

  • BRANTLEY COUNTY SHERIFF: Incumbent Len Davis defeated a Republican challenger and is unopposed in the general election.
  • CHAIRMAN OF BRANTLEY COUNTY COMMISSION: Incumbent Chris Harris won the Republican primary and has no Democratic opponent.
  • BRANTLEY COUNTY COMMISSIONER, POST 2: Harold Herndon won in the Republican primary and has no opponent in the general election.
  • BRANTLEY COUNTY COMMISSIONER, POST 3: Incumbent Randy Davidson defeated his Republican opponent and has no Democratic opponent.
  • BRANTLEY COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION: Incumbents Teresa Lairsey, David Herrin and Kerry Mathie were elected in the primary to another term in these nonpartisan seats.

Camden County

  • CAMDEN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS, DISTRICT: Incumbent Lannie Brant survived a Republican primary challenge and will face Kevin Walker, who prevailed in the Democratic primary.

Charlton County

  • CHARLTON COUNTY SHERIFF: After 27 years, Sheriff “Dobie” Conner is not seeking reelection. Robert Phillips won the job in the Republican primary as no Democrats are running for the job.

Gynn County

  • GLYNN COUNTY COMMISSIONER, AT LARGE POST 2: Walter Rafolski defeated three others, including incumbent Bob Coleman, in the Republican primary to advance to the general election against winner of the Democrat primary, Taylor Ritz.
  • GLYNN COUNTY COMMISSIONER, DISTRICT 1: Samuel Tostensen defeated incumbent Michael Browning in the Republican primary. With no Democratic challenger, Tostensen is elected.
  • GLYNN COUNTY COMMISSIONER, DISTRICT 2: Republicans Cap Fendig and Democrat Julian “Puddy” Smith will face off for this open seat.
  • GLYNN COUNTY TAX COMMISSIONER: Incumbent Jeff Chapman, a Republican, is being challenged by Democrat Utrina “Trina” Rankin.
  • GLYNN COUNTY CORONER: Incumbent Republican Marck Neu is the only candidate listed on the ballot for this office. Tommy Dixon qualified as a write-in candidate.
  • GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION, AT LARGE POST 2: Incumbent Jerry Mancil, a Republican, is challenged by Regina Johnson, a Democrat.
  • GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION, DISTRICT 5: Democrat Audrey Gibbons defeated a fellow Democrat in the primary. With no Republican in the race, she will assume this open seat.
  • GLYNN COUNTY AMENDMENT: 1% sales tax for education - Voters asked to approve a 1% sales and use tax for 20 quarters (5 years) to fund up to $112 million in capital improvements for schools, including building one new elementary school and renovating and equipping 12 existing schools.

Pierce County

  • PIERCE COUNTY SHERIFF: Incumbent Ramsey Bennett prevailed over three Republican challengers in the primary. With no Democrat or independent in the race, Bennett wins another four-year term.
  • PIERCE COUNTY COMMISSION, DISTRICT 1: Incumbent Harold Rozier defeated a fellow Republican in the primary and now faces Democrat Tyrone Harris.
  • PIERCE COUNTY CORONER: Incumbent William Wilson Jr. won a three-way Republican primary. There is no opponent in the race so Wilson is re-elected.
  • PIERCE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION, DISTRICT 1: Kirby Malone won 57% of the primary vote in this open, nonpartisan seat primary, without a runoff.

Ware County

  • WARE COUNTY SHERIFF: Incumbent Randy Royal, a Republican, is being challenged by Democrat Chris Tatum.
  • WARE COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN: Elmer Thrift defeated two others in the Republican primary. With no Democrat or independent in the race for this open seat, Thrift is elected.
  • WARE COUNTY COMMISSIONER, DISTRICT 1: Democrat Leonard Burse Jr. is running unopposed in a special election to replace
  • WARE COUNTY COMMISSIONER, DISTRICT 4: Incumbent Steve Bernard Sr. defeated a fellow Republican in the primary and has no opponent in the general election.
  • WARE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION, DISTRICT 1: Toni Nelson carried 53% of the vote in the primary and is elected to this open, nonpartisan seat.
  • WARE COUNTY JUDGE OF PROBATE COURT: 70% of the primary vote carried incumbent Calvin Bennett to another term in this nonpartisan seat.
  • WARE COUNTY JUDGE OF STATE COURT: Tommy Hatfield won a three-way race for the open, nonpartisan seat in the June primary.
  • WARE COUNTY 1% LOCAL OPTION SALES TAX REFERENDUM: Shall Ware County collect a 1% sales and use tax for a period not to exceed six years that would raise up to $47 million for road, bridge and other infrastructure improvements? Read full text of amendment on Ware County sample ballot.

Primary information from the Elections Division of the Georgia Secretary of State, augmented by research by News4Jax.

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