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McDONOUGH – The fate of four city councils will be decided on Tuesday as a number of races will be decided.

City council races are up for grabs in all four cities, while Locust Grove is set to also have a mayoral election this year.

In McDonough, the county seat of Henry County, three seats on the city council will be contested. McDonough’s city council is the only one of the four with district seats for specific parts of the city.

The District 3 seat, held currently by Craig Elrod, will be up for grabs. Elrod has qualified, as well as Janice Scotchman.

District 4’s seat is currently held by Kamali Varner, who has qualified as well as Teresa Bradley Wheeler.

One of two at-large seats representing the entire city of McDonough will also be contested. The seat held by Benjamin Pruett will be on the ballot. Pruett has qualified, as well as Brandon Robinson and Carla Dennis.

In Stockbridge, a total of nine candidates have qualified for three seats, including all three incumbents. Every seat on the Stockbridge City Council is an at-large seat, and the three candidates that receive the most votes will win the election.

Incumbents John Blount, Elton Alexander and Neat Robinson have all qualified for the races, as well as six challengers: Nathan Banks, Yolanda Barber, Jacqueline Blalock, Arthur Christian, Cherice Hollis and Kenneth McFarland.

In Hampton, three seats are up for grabs, and two of the three incumbents have qualified. Henry Byrd and Ann Tarpley have both qualified, as well as Mary Ann Mitcham, Martin Meeks, Sherry Ann Chaney, Adrian Stroud, Monica Davis and Dexter Cladd.

A third incumbent, Elton Brown, was not on the list of qualified candidates supplied to the Herald by City Clerk Melissa Brooks.

Hampton’s city council seats, like in Stockbridge, are at-large seats that represent the entire county.

In Locust Grove, two of the three incumbents have qualified for the at-large city council seats, as well as the incumbent mayor, Robert Price.

Price, in fact, was the only mayoral candidate to qualify.

Incumbents Otis Hammock and Carlos Greer have qualified, as well as challengers Michael Reid Brackett Jr., Rod Shearouse and Rudy Breedlove.

A third incumbent, Vernon Ashe, was not listed as qualified in a list of candidates sent to the Herald by City Clerk Misty Spurling.

Government Reporter

A native of Hampton, Georgia, Joe Adgie has worked for the Valdosta Daily Times, Clayton News, Rockdale Citizen and Newton Citizen. Adgie joined the Henry Herald in April 2018.

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