Tifton Gazette


May 12, 2014

Chamber to host political forum today

TIFTON — Five local races will be on the ballot during the May 20 primary and candidates from all of them will participate in the 2014 Candidates Forum beginning today at 5:30 p.m. at the Leroy Rogers Center. The event is sponsored by the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce and the public is encouraged to attend.

Four of the five races will absolutely be decided on May 20 and one race, for the open Tift County Board of Education District 5 seat, could be if one of the three candidates receives more than 50 percent of the vote. If not, a runoff in July between the top two vote getters will be held to determine the winner between Keith Barr, Mark Bennett and Richard Golden.

The District 13 Senate race, which includes Tift, Turner, Worth, Lee, Wilcox, Crisp, Dodge and parts of Dooly and Sumter counties, will be decided during the Republican primary as there is no Democratic opposition. Tifton attorney Bryce Johnson and Greg Kirk, a professional counselor from Americus, will square off to fill the seat that became vacant with John Crosby announced his retirement from the Senate earlier this year.

Local attorneys Herby Benson and Patty Veazey are vying for Tift County’s State Court Judge position, which Larry Mims has held for several years. Mims is retiring from the State Court at the end of this year. That race, which is county-wide, is non-partisan.

Also, two members of the county commission face opposition. In District 4, incumbent Sherry Miley will face Stan Stalnaker and incumbent Mike Jones faces Greg Wood in the District 6 race.

“The Chamber is proud to host this event and I think it will be informative for all of the citizens of Tift County,” said Niki Coody, chairperson for the Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Committee. “We appreciate the candidates’ willingness to appear and be a part of the process. We want every citizen of Tift County to be as informed as possible about the issues and the candidates and we hope this event will help make that happen.”


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