TIFTON -- Monday is the last day for voters to register to vote in the July 20 general primary, non-partisan, and special election, Jean Edwards of the elections office said Wednesday.

Tift County residents may register until 5 p.m. at the Old Gym at the corner of Fourth Street and Chesnutt Avenue; the Tifton-Tift County Public Library; or the Tifton, Ty Ty or Omega city halls. Voters may also register by mail as long as the application is postmarked no later than Monday.

Local offices up for grabs include the chairmanship of the county commission, County Commission Districts 2 and 5, and the Board of Education's at-large seat.

Also on the ballot will be the District 13 state Senate seat currently held by Sen. Rooney Bowen and the state House of Representatives District 153 seat, held by Rep. Austin Scott. Tifton attorney Joseph Carter and Cordele businessman Carden Summers will oppose each other in the Republican primary and former state Rep. Howard Rainey, also of Cordele, is running unopposed in the Democratic primary. Bowen did not choose to run again.

Scott and challenger Michael Spinks, a local banker, will vie in the Republican primary.

Candidates for Tift County Commission chairman are Fun Channel owner Hayward Fowler, businessman Grady Thompson and Daughtry Melton III, who resigned his District 2 seat to run. Fowler and Melton are Democrats; Thompson is running unopposed as a Republican.

Attorney Fred W. "Buck" Rigdon Jr. and incumbent Harriette Rowe are running for the District 5 county commission seat, both as Democrats. In the District 2 race, voters will choose between Democrats Melissa Hughes Chevers and Frankie L. Mathis twice, once to elect someone to serve out the remainder of Melton's current term and once to elect a commissioner for the next four years. Melton learned after entering the race for chairman that local ordinances required him to resign his seat prior to the election.

Liz Carson Keith and Andy Cross, both Republicans, will face off for the Board of Education's at-large seat.



To contact city editor Florence Rankin, call 382-4321, ext. 209.

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