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Early voting for runoff races begins Nov. 24

Four local candidates find themselves still on the campaign trail after last week's General Election in McDuffie County.

Greg Derry and Frank Locklear, the top two candidates in last week's board of education District 5 race, will be pitted against each other in a Tuesday, Dec. 2 special runoff election. Two other school board candidates will be vying against each other to fill the District 6 seat. Those candidates are Steve Strouble and Dexter Lovins.

Please see the Thanksgiving edition of The Mirror for a Q & A session with local school board candidates.

In addition to those candidates in runoff races, two other men, both of whom want to serve Georgia as U.S. senator - Saxby Chambliss and Jim Martin - will be trying to drum up the most votes to make that happen. The incumbent senator is Mr. Chambliss, a Republican. Mr. Martin is the Democratic challenger.

Voters in the upcoming runoff election also will be deciding among candidates for the Georgia Court of Appeals. That race finds Sara Doyle facing Mike Sheffield on the Dec, 2 ballot.

Some, but not all, voters at the Salem Road and Shrine Club precincts will be able to vote for Mr. Derry or Mr. Locklear. Even those who did not participate in the General Election, but who are registered to vote at those particular precincts, may do so.

In the District 6 school board race between Mr. Strouble and Mr. Lovins, some, but not all the voters at Fort Creek Baptist Church and the Dearing Gymnasium, as well as White Oak Road precincts, will be eligible to vote for either one of those candidates.

McDuffie County Elections Director Phyllis Wheeler estimated that the special runoff election will cost the county $10,000.

"We've got to open up all 10 of our precincts and staff each of them for 12 hours on the day of the special election," Ms. Wheeler said.

Advance voting for the special election will not begin until Monday, Nov. 24, and will continue through Wednesday, Nov. 26.

Voters are reminded that advance voting is only allowed at the McDuffie County Elections Central Office, located on White Oak Road.

The office will be open each of those three days from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

During the recent General Election, Ms. Wheeler said more than 9,000 voters or 74.09 percent cast ballots in McDuffie County - an all-time record.

Web posted on Thursday, November 13, 2008

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