McDONOUGH — Henry County voters will go to the polls Tuesday to help determine who will lead the county for the next four years.
Ballots will be cast in the county’s Democratic and Republican primaries.
Among Republicans, incumbent Henry County Commission Chairman, Elizabeth “B.J.” Mathis, will be challenged by former Hampton Mayor, Tommy N. Smith, and Jane Askew Rutledge, a substitute teacher.
Carlotta Harrell, a consultant, is running unopposed for the seat as a Democrat.
Other GOP candidates who are seeking seats on the county commission are incumbent District I Commissioner Warren Emory Holder, and his challenger, William J. “Bo” Moss, a businessman.
James C. Mays, an attorney who also is an instructor, is seeking the District I seat as a Democrat.
John Brian Preston, who represents District II, will be challenged by attorney Vincent Anthony Lotti. The winner will face Jacqueline “Jackie” Anderson-Woods, a businesswoman, a Democrat, in November.
District III Commissioner Randy Stamey, a Republican, is not seeking re-election, thus ensuring the board will have at least one new member in 2013. Three other Republicans are vying for the District III commission seat. They are Gary W. Barham, a former public works director for the City of McDonough; Kenneth David Sherman, a semi-retired business owner; and William L. “Bill” Toney, Jr., owner of Jenco, a golf cart manufacturing company. The winner will face former McDonough City Council member, Sandra Vincent, a Democrat.
Henry County residents came to the polls in significant numbers, to cast ballots early for Tuesday’s primaries. The county has 134,235 registered voters. They are not registered by partisan affiliation.