Early voting in local municipal elections ends Friday, just four days before Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 5. While municipal elections don’t typically generate a lot of voter interest, the outcomes in Auburn and Winder could have significant impacts on the directions of those cities over the next four years. There is only one contested race on Winder’s ballot, but it is for the at-large seat held by Bob Dixon, who in the past four years has been one of the city council’s most active members. Dixon has two challengers — Lorin Sinn-Clark and Nicole Tobias — who are running vigorous campaigns in hopes of replacing him.
In Auburn, half of the city’s four council seats are up for grabs, which means Tuesday’s elections could have an even greater impact in that city. Five candidates are running citywide for two seats. The incumbents are Donna Scouten and Bob Vogel, who faced no opposition in 2009. They are being challenged this time around by William Ackworth, Harold Money and Jay Riemenschneider. Since Auburn’s charter doesn’t call for runoffs, the winners will be the two candidates who get the most votes Tuesday.
The opportunity to vote early didn’t draw even one Bethlehem resident to the county elections office during the first two weeks of early voting. The only race on the ballot is for the vacant Post 3 seat, and the choice for the town’s 351 registered voters is between former councilman C.L. Wood and resident Joe Price.