COVINGTON, Ga. — Both seats up for election this year on the Newton County Board of Commissioners will see contested races.
Lanier Sims’ decision not to seek a third term in District 2 created a rush of candidates to run for the position.
Qualifying for both major parties ended Friday. Both the Democratic and Republican primaries are May 22, and the general election is Nov. 6.
All four candidates in the 2nd District race are in the Democratic primary, and all four are from Covington.
Running for the District 2 seat are pesticide contractor Antonio Ross, project manager Demond Mason, salesman Earnest L. Simmons and information technology professional Steven Rhodes.
Sims has endorsed Rhodes, who resigned from the Newton County Recreation Commission this week to run for the Board of Commissioners seat.
Commissioner J.C. Henderson, a Covington Democrat who is the longest-serving member of the board, qualified to run for a new term in District 4. He’s the only Democrat to qualify and will face Spencer Arnhart, the only Republican entrant, in the general election.
Arnhart, who works in carpentry and sales, is from Covington. He qualified Friday morning.
The Board of Education will remain unchanged. All three incumbents up for re-election qualified and none drew opposition.
Vice Chairwoman Abigail M. Coggin, a Republican from Social Circle, qualified in District 5, as did board members Trey Bailey, a Covington Republican, in District 1, and Shakila Henderson-Baker, an Oxford Democrat, in District 3.
All five members of Newton County’s legislative delegation qualified to run for re-election.
In Senate District 17, Sen. Brian Strickland, R-McDonough, will seek a full term after he won a special election earlier this year. Opposing him will be Republican Nelva Lee in the primary, with Democrat Phyllis D. Hatcher awaiting in the general election.
Strickland, Lee and Hatcher were three of the four people in a nonpartisan Jan. 9 election to succeed former Sen. Rick Jeffares, who resigned to concentrate on his run for lieutenant governor. Strickland won with nearly 62 percent of the vote.
The Democratic primary will decide the Senate District 43 race with incumbent Tonya P. Anderson of Lithonia facing a challenge from auditor Joel Thibodeaux.
In House District 109, Rep. Dale Rutledge, R-McDonough, will face civil engineer J. Blake Prince in the GOP primary. The Democratic primary will feature retired U.S. Army Col. Denise Gaines-Edmond and former Stockbridge City Councilwoman Regina Lewis-Ward, a development consultant.
In District 113, Rep. Pam Dickerson of Conyers will face Sharon Henderson, a local pastor, in the Democratic primary.
Reps. Andy Welch, R-McDonough, and Dave Belton, R-Buckhead, qualified without opposition.
U.S. Representative, District 4
Democrats: Henry C. “Hank” Johnson Jr. (i), Juan Parks
Republicans: Joe Profit, Melanie Williams
U.S. Representative, District 10
Democrats: Tabitha A. Johnson-Green, Chalis Montgomery, Richard Dien Winfield
Republicans: Bradley Griffin, Jody Hice (i), Joe Hunt
Democrats: Stacey Abrams, Stacey Evans
Republicans: L.S. “Casey” Cagle, Eddie Hayes, Hunter Hill, Brian Kemp, Clay Tippins, Marc Urbach, Michael Williams
The incumbent is Republican Nathan Deal, who cannot seek another term.
Democrats: Sarah Riggs Amico, Triana Arnold James
Republicans: Geoff Duncan, Rick Jeffares, David Shafer
The incumbent is Republican Casey Cagle, who is running for governor.
Secretary of State
Democrats: John Barrow, Rakeim “RJ” Hadley, Dee Dawkins-Haigler
Republicans: David Belle Isle, Buzz Brockway, Josh McKoon, Brad Raffensperger
The incumbent is Republican Brian Kemp, who cannot seek another term.
Democrats: Charlie Bailey
Republicans: Chris Carr (i)
Commissioner of Agriculture
Democrats: Fred Swann
Republicans: Gary Black (i)
Commissioner of Insurance and Safety Fire
Democrats: Janice Laws, Cindy Zeldin
Republicans: Jim Beck, Jay Florence, Tracy Jordan
The incumbent is Republican Ralph T. Hudgens.
State School Superintendent
Democrats: Sid Chapman, Sam Mosteller, Otha E. Thornton Jr.
Republicans: John Barge, Sonia Francis-Rolle, Richard Woods (i)
Commissioner of Labor
Democrats: Richard Keatley, Fred Quinn
Republicans: Mark Butler (i)
Public Service Commissioner, District 3 (Metro Atlanta)
Democrats: Lindy Miller, John Noel, Johnny C. White
Republicans: Chuck Eaton (i)
Public Service Commissioner, District 5 (Western)
Democrats: Dawn A. Randolph, Doug Stoner
Republicans: John Hitchins III, Tricia Pridemore (i)
State Senate, District 17
Democrats: Phyllis D. Hatcher
Republicans: Nelva Lee, Brian Strickland (i)
State Senate, District 43
Democrats: Tonya P. Anderson (i), Joel Thibodeaux
State House, District 109
Democrats: Denise Gaines-Edmond, Regina Lewis-Ward
Republicans: J. Blake Prince, Dale Rutledge (i)
State House, District 110
Republicans: Andrew J. “Andy” Welch (i)
State House, District 112
Republicans: Dave Belton (i)
State House, District 113
Democrats: Pam Dickerson (i), Sharon Henderson
Newton County Board of Commissioners, District 2
Democrats: Demond Mason, Steven Rhodes, Antonio Ross, Earnest L. Simmons
The incumbent is Democrat Lanier Sims.
Newton County Board of Commissioners, District 4
Democrats: J.C. Henderson (i)
Republicans: Spencer Arnhart
Newton County Board of Education, District 1
Republicans: Trey Bailey (i)
Newton County Board of Education, District 3
Democrats: Shakila Henderson-Baker (i)
Newton County Board of Education, District 5Republicans: Abigail M. Coggin (i)