As the 2014 general election draws closer, there seems to be increasing interest in the upcoming vote by Barrow County residents.
“We have definitely seen an increase in voter registration within the past few weeks,” said Barrow County elections supervisor Monica Franklin. “We are averaging between 50-60 voter registration applications per day. Half of the applications are through the mail and the other half are online (the Online Voter Registration (OLVR) application).”
In local races, there is a contested battle for the District 1 seat on the Barrow County Board of Education. Republican Debi Krause will face Democrat Betty Kinney in the general election. Krause advanced to the general election after upsetting long-time BOE member Randall Holland in the GOP runoff. Holland had served as a BOE member for approximately 30 years.
Barrow County voters will also be asked to vote on a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax extension for two possible future schools. The Board of Education voted in recent weeks to place this item before the voters this November.
In another race with Barrow County ties, Jody Hice will face Ken Dious in the battle for the 10th Congressional seat. Hice survived a seven-candidate GOP primary, including a runoff contest against Mike Collins. Dious is the lone Democrat in the race which covers 25 counties. Hice is the heavy favorite to capture the seat left vacant when Paul Broun opted to run in the U.S. Senate primary.
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