Few contested Coweta races coming July 31

State Rep. Matt Ramsey (Dist. 72), at right, looks on as Senoia Tea Party Patriots coordinator Joe Cannin presents outgoing Dist. 71 state Rep. Billy Horne (left) with a certificate of appreciation for his efforts during the past eight years. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Only a handful of contested races in Coweta County will dot the political landscape in the July 31 primary election. Among those are races for the District 71 seat in the Georgia House of Representatives, a seat on the Coweta County Superior Court and the District 3 Congressional seat.

Dist. 3 Congressman Lynn Westmoreland in the Republican primary will face Milner Realtor and former Lamar County Commission Chairman Kent Kingsley and Jonesboro resident and small business owner “Chip” Flanegan. No one in the Democratic Party qualified for the seat.

The race for the Dist. 71 seat in the Georgia House currently held by Billy Horne will see two opponents vying for the position since Horne stated recently that he would not be seeking re-election. The race will feature Coweta County Solicitor Robert Stokely and attorney Darryl Marmon, both of Sharpsburg. Both men are running on the Republican ticket.

A contested race will also be held for the Coweta County Superior Court Judge seat held by Judge Allen Keeble who will not be seeking re-election. In the running for the seat are attorneys Kevin McMurry and Emory Palmer.

A contested race will also be held for county surveyor, with Christopher Robertson facing off against Jason Turner. County surveyor John Christopher will not be running for re-election.

Coweta County Dist. 5 Commissioner Al Smith will see competition from Hayden Marlowe in the November election. Representing the Newnan area, the Dist. 5 race will pit Smith, a Democrat, against the Republican Marlowe.

The few contested races are overshadowed by the wealth of expiring terms for which there are no challengers. Among those are Coweta County commissioners Paul Poole (Dist. 1) and Rodney Brooks (Dist. 4), Sheriff Mike Yeager, Coweta County Board of Education members Winston Dowdell, Frank Farmer and Sue Brown, state Sen. Mike Crane, Rep. Lynn Smith and Rep. Matt Ramsey whose district through reapportionment now includes Senoia, Turin and Haralson.

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