In legislative races, there will be political battles waged among Republicans and Democrats on July 31, during partisan primaries. Many other political hopefuls will have to wait until the November general election.
The county will see its first election in state House District 111, which was created as a result of redistricting after the 2010 Census. In the Republican Primary, Henry County Assistant District Attorney Trea Pipkin, 32, will face attorney Brian Strickland, 28. Bill Blackmon, a 63-year-old minister, is the sole Democrat candidate for the new state legislative district.
State Sen. Rick Jeffares (R-District 17), a 48-year-old Republican businessowner and project manager, qualified to seek the post. He is being challenged by Democrat Nelva Lee, the 37-year-old president of the MiTio Institute — an accredited online medical interpreting program.
State Sen. Gail Davenport (D-District 44), a realtor, qualified for re-election. Davenport, 63, will face opposition in the Democratic Primary from Gail Buckner, 61, who works in communications marketing, and Marcus E. Davis, 39, a minister.
State House Rep. Steve Davis (R-District 109), 41, a real estate broker, and 48-year-old business owner Dale Rutledge, each qualified for the Republican Primary.
State House Rep. Glenn Baker (D-District 78), a 65-year-old retired Georgia Power employee, will face off against challenger Demetrius Douglas, 44, a real-state wholesaler, in the Democrat Primary.
State House Rep. Pam S. Stephenson (D-District 90), 54, an attorney, will vie for the Democrat nomination against Scott Hughes, 41, who works in healthcare administration.
The list of lawmakers entering the primaries and general election without opposition are state Sen. Emanuel Jones (D-District 10), 53, an automotive dealer; state Rep. Andy Welch (R-District 110), 40, an attorney; Rep. John Yates (R-District 73), 90, a retired distribution center manager; Rep. Howard Mosby (D-District 83), 50, a healthcare administrator, and State House Rep. Rahn Mayo (D-District 84), 36, real-estate broker.
The Third District of the U.S. Congress, which covers portions of Henry County, will feature a three-man race in the Republican Primary. Incumbent Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, a 62-year-old businessman, faces opposition from Kent Kingsley, 59, a broker, and Chip Flanegan, 54, a small business owner.
In the newly-configured 10th congressional district’s Republican primary, Rep. Paul C. Broun, 66, a physician, will be challenged by Stephen K. Simpson, 61, a retired military officer.
Candidates in the 13th Congressional District will face each other in November. Both incumbent, Democrat Rep. David Scott, 66, a chief executive officer, and Republican challenger Shahid Malik, 63, a businessman, have no opposition in their respective primaries.