What Ware County voters will see on the primary ballot

The much-covered governor, U.S. Senate and secretary of state races are on the primary ballot across Georgia, along with a dozen other statewide offices you can learn about here. Ware County voters, especially Republicans, will also see state Senate, state House, and several local offices on their ballot.

Read on for a preview of races specifically on the Ware County ballot.


Georgia State Senate, District 3

Represents all of Ware and parts of other neighboring counties. One-term Republican state Sen. Sheila McNeill is not seeking re-election. No Democratic candidates qualified to run for this office.

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Georgia State Senate, District 8

Includes part of Ware County as well as Clinch and Pierce and Ware counties. No Democrat qualified to run for this seat.

  • Russ Goodman - The incumbent, a Republican and a farmer from Homerville, drew no Republican or Democratic challengers. His name will appear on the ballot even though he is unopposed.

Georgia State House, District 174

Includes part of Ware County as well as Brantley, Charlton and Clinch counties. No Democrat qualified to run for this seat.

  • John Corbett - The incumbent, a Republican business owner and farmer who lives in Slake Park, drew no Republican or Democratic challengers. His name will appear on the ballot even though he is unopposed.

Georgia State House, District 176

Includes part of Ware County. No Democrat qualified to run for this seat.

  • James Burchette - The incumbent, a Republican who co-owns a law firm in Waycross, drew no Republican or Democratic challengers. His name will appear on the ballot even though he is unopposed.

Ware County Commission, District 1

  • Leonard Burse Jr. - incumbent commissioner, a Democrat, is unopposed for re-election

Ware County Commission, District 3

  • Timothy “Timmy” Lucas - incumbent commissioner, a Republican, is unopposed for re-election

Ware Board of Education, District 4

  • Rusty Ganas - incumbent board member running unopposed for re-election for this nonpartisan seat

Ware Board of Education, District 5

  • Denton L. Dial - incumbent board member running unopposed for re-election for this nonpartisan seat

Ware Board of Education, District 6

  • Dee Meadows - fire chief; incumbent board member running for re-election
  • Brandi R. Waters - health care

This is a nonpartisan race.


Ware Solicitor General

  • Joseph Raymond Johnson Jr. - incumbent solicitor general, a Republican, is running unopposed for re-election

Waycross Judicial Circuit District Attorney

  • Marilyn Bennett and Ian Sansot, both Republicans and attorneys, are seeking this open seat. There is no Democrat in the race. Current District Attorney George Barnhill is not seeking re-election in the upcoming race.

Ware County Board of Education 1% Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST)

Voters will vote yes or no on the following question:

“Shall a one percent sales and use tax for educational purposes be imposed in Ware County for a period of time not to exceed five years (20 consecutive calendar quarters), beginning upon the expiration of the existing sales and use tax for educational purposes presently in effect, in order to raise not more than $50,000,000 for the purpose of (i) acquiring, constructing, and equipping a new Waycross Middle School; (ii) acquiring, constructing, and equipping an Open-Air MultiPurpose facility at Ware County High School; (iii) capital outlay projects at all schools and facilities in the County, including Center Elementary, Memorial Drive Elementary, Ruskin Elementary, Wacona Elementary,Waresboro, Williams Heights Elementary, Ware Middle, Ware County High, and DAFFODIL Pre-School Center; (iv) system-wide equipment and systems including HVAC, security, athletic facilities, and furnishings and equipment; instructional and administrative technology, infrastructure, hardware, equipment, software systems, and technology licenses; (v) acquisition of school buses and vehicles and any necessary demolition, new construction or improvements to facilities including parking, paving, fencing and other land improvements; (vi) system-wide security upgrades and equipment; system-wide textbooks (including e-books); and (vii) other real and personal property including the acquisition of land, and construction of needed facilities and appurtenances of the Ware County School District? If imposition of the tax is approved by the voters, such vote shall also constitute approval of general obligation debt of the Ware County School District in the principal amount not to exceed $25,000,000 for the above capital outlay purposes.”