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Houston County Qualifiers for 2012 Local Elections

Houston County Qualifiers for 2012 Local Elections


Another election season is underway in Houston County, but for most of the candidates for local races, there's no competition. In fact, only two of the 13 posts are contested at all. Get up to date with this complete list of qualifiers for this year's local elections.


Houston County Board of Education, Post 7 (At-large) (non-partisan)

David “Dave” McMahan

Andy Rodriguez

Griff Clements



Amy E. Smith – Incumbent

Carl A. Veline, Jr.


Judge of the Probate Court

Janice Davidson Spires – R – Incumbent – Unopposed


Clerk of Superior Court

Carolyn V. Sullivan – R – Incumbent – Unopposed


Houston County Sheriff

Cullen Talton – R – Incumbent – Unopposed


Houston County Tax Commissioner

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Dr. C. Pays Tribute to U.S. Armed Forces

Leadership expert Dr. William Cummings pays tribute to the men and women of our armed forces in today's Leadership Tip.

Here are Monday's comments:

"For 60 years, every day and night - without a break - twenty-four/seven-- the tomb of the unknown soldier has been guarded by a military sentinel.  In rain and snow, in boiling heat, and even during a hurricane, the memory of that soldier -and through him -the memory of all of our fallen heros - has been kept alive.

"Every thirty minutes, a new sentinel steps up to continue that twenty-one step salute.  Each sentinel has spent 5 hours that day getting his uniform ready, and six months in complete, monastic silence.  He has committed two years of his life to this duty, and during this time, he lives in the barracks underneath the tomb. 

Austin Scott Facing Free Ride to Second Term


Austin Scott apparently has a free ride to a second term in Congress.

No Republicans or Democrats qualified to challenge the Republican from Ashburn in the Eighth Congressional District. Qualifying for Georgia's congressional races ended at noon Friday.

Houston County Candidates Qualify for July Primary

Election season is in full swing for Houston County. This July 31, voters will decide the races for Houston County Board of Education seats for Districts 1, 3, 5 and At-Large, as well as Judge of the Magistrate Court and a special election for Solicitor General.

By the end of qualifying Friday, there are only two contested races. 

The most heated is a three-way grapple for the Post 7 At-Large seat on the Board of Education between David "Dave" McMahan, Griff Clements and Andy Rodriguez.

The other is the special election for Solicitor General between Amy E. Smith and Carl A. Veline, Jr. Last year, Smith was appointed to finish the unexpired term for Rob Tawse who retired.

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Races Set for 10 General Assembly Seats

Central Georgia voters will decide five state House races and five Senate races during this election season.

Meanwhile, 10 representatives and three senators face no opposition.

Qualifying for the state Senate and state Representative races ended at noon Friday.

Here are the qualifiers.

In State Senate District 18, incumbent Cecil Staton, a Macon Republican, has a challenger:Thomaston physician Spencer Price. They'll meet in the July 31 Republican primary and the winner has no opposition in November.

Robins Air Force Hosts Annual Memorial Service

Robins Air Force Base honored fallen heroes Thursday with its annual memorial service in Camellia Gardens.

For 36 years the gardens have served as the meeting place for veterans and family members to gather in tribute of lost loved ones.

The ceremony recognized 51 honorees with song and prayer.
Robins Air Force Chaplain Patrick Knoester says the ceremony is just a small token of appreciation to the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

"This is what we do. We honor our heroes. Living, we nuture them and take care of them. Those who have fallen, those who have passed on, we honor them and we memorialize what they've done," said Knoester.

The ceremony honors deceased military and civilian workers who served at Robins.

The garden's entrance bears the names of more than seventeen hundred people who've been recognized in previous ceremonies.