A lack of Democrats in Northwest Georgia will mean several GOP winners in Tuesday’s primaries will know by then if they will take office in January.

Here is a breakdown of what voters will be deciding:


Bartow County voters will decide three major local elections in Tuesday’s Republican primary.

Sheriff Clark Millsap, who’s in his fourth four-year term, has two challengers. Tommy Cul­pepper retired in November as Cartersville’s police chief. Steven Holloway, a retired sheriff’s office investigator, owns Adairsville Sporting Range.

Sole County Commissioner Steve Taylor is facing a challenge from Harry Pugliese of Pugliese Farms in Kingston.

Chief Magistrate Thomas Moseley is not running for re-election. Five candidates are seeking the slot.

Brandon Bryson is an attorney; Freddie Gunn owns a home improvement company; Barbara Martin is a magistrate under Moseley; Tony Ross owns a photography studio; and Bobby L. Wilson is a process server for the court.

U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, who won the 11th District seat in 2014, also has attracted challengers: conservative radio host Hayden Collins, businessmen Daniel Cowan and Billy Davis and accountant William Llop.


Sole County Commissioner Jason Winters is being challenged in the Republican primary by John W. Brady, an electrical engineering tradesman.

Two Democrats are also vying for their party’s nomination. C.S. “Steve” Baker is a real estate agent, and Jimmy Holbrook owns a local radio station.

The winners will appear on the November general election ballot.

Also in the Democratic primary, former Lyerly town clerk Joy Cooper Holbrook is challenging Tax Commissioner Kathy VanPelt Brown.


There are no local Democratic candidates, so contests will be decided in the primary.

Sheriff Johnny Moats is being challenged by John Wayne Anderson.

Kathy Cole and David McElwee are vying for the tax commissioner post. Two county commissioners have opposition.

District 2 incumbent Ray Barber is facing Phillip Bentley, Ricky Clark and Charles “Chuck” Thaxton.

District 3 incumbent Stefanie Drake Burford is challenged by Larry Lamar Reynolds.

The three school board posts up for election also are contested. District 3 incumbent Scottie Worthington is challenged by Michael Gravitt. District 5 incumbent Terry L. Estes is facing Kristy W. Gober. District 6 incumbent Harold McDurmon is up against Hal M. Floyd.


All local candidates qualified as Republicans.

Sheriff Mitch Ralston is being challenged by Jim Banks, an officer with the Calhoun Police Department.

Three county commission seats are contested.

In District 1, civic leader Bud Owens will face Sonoraville High School teacher Michael Farley. Incumbent Jeff Gazaway is not running for a second term.

District 3 incumbent Norris Sexton will face Wes Roland.

District 5 incumbent Kevin Cunning­ham will face Fairmount resident Kathy Ryan.

Coroner James Carver has opposition from funeral director Justin Thomas.

Chief Magistrate Ricky L. Silvers is facing two opponents, Larry Bain and Pat Rasbury.

Two school board seats are contested.

Post 4 incumbent Bobby Hall will face local farmer Jeff Knight.

Post 6 incumbent Chris Johnson will face Baptist minister Mark Johnson.

Also, state Sen. Charlie Bethel, R-Dalton, is being challenged by Conda Lowery-Goodson for the District 54 seat.


There are two contested races on the Republican ballot and none on the Democratic side.

Sole County Commissioner Bebe Heiskell is seeking a fifth term as an Independent.

Republicans Mike Peardon and Shannon Whitfield are vying to challenge her in the November general election.

Board of Education member Phyllis Hunter also is being challenged by Casey Eady for the District 5 seat.

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