By Monroe Roark
Several hundred voters came
out last week during the first five days of early voting in Henry
County in advance of the May 20 general primary, and polling
locations are being added in the days to come.
According to officials with
the county’s election office, more than 500 people cast ballots
April 28-May 2 at the main elections office at 345 Phillips Drive in
McDonough. That is the only place open for voting the rest of this
week, which includes 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. this
Next week, voting booths will
be up and running 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday at the main
elections office as well as the Hampton Depot (17 E. Main Street),
the Fairview Library (28 Austin Road), the Ted Strickland Community
Center (130 Berry Street) and the Locust Grove Recreation Center (10
Only Republican voters in
Henry County will have choices to make in the primary regarding
local races. Two Democrats are running for seats on the Board of
Commissioners: Bruce Holmes, the incumbent in District V; and Darryl
Payton in District III. Both are unopposed in the primary.
Incumbent District III
Commissioner Gary Barham has two Republican primary challengers in
Horace Brannan and Bill Toney. In District IV, Reid Bowman’s bid for
re-election is being challenged by fellow Republican Blake Prince.
Board of Education seats up
for grabs are non-partisan and on the primary ballot. Virgil Brannon
and Donna McBride are vying for the District IV seat, while Annette
Edwards is running in District V against Erik Charles, the current
District IV school board member whose seat is changing due to
redrawn district maps.
Four incumbent judicial
candidates are unopposed: Magistrate Judge Robert Godwin, Solicitor
General Trea Pipkin, and State Court judges Jason Harper and Ben
Various State House and State
Senate seats are on the primary ballot as well as congressional
races, the governor’s post and one U.S. Senate seat.
For a complete list of local
candidates, visit the elections office page on the county’s web
To get complete state election information, go
to the Secretary of State’s web site,