By Joel Hall
With only one week until the July 20, primary election, advance voting will take place all this week at six locations across the county.
With a lack of Republican challengers in several local elections, at least two races -- House District 78, and Clayton County Board of Education District 1-- will be decided on Tuesday during the Democratic primary.
Advance voting for the primary will take place from now, until Friday, from 8 a.m., to 7 p.m. at: the Clayton County Elections and Registration Office, 121 South McDonough St., in Jonesboro; the Morrow Municipal Complex Community Room, 1500 Morrow Road, in Morrow; the Clayton County Headquarters Library, 865 Battle Creek Road, in Jonesboro; the Frank Bailey Senior Center, 6213 Riverdale Road, in Riverdale; the Lovejoy Branch Library, 1721 McDonough Road, in Hampton; and the Carl Rhodenizer Recreation Center, 3499 Rex Road, in Rex.
In the race for House District 78, incumbent State Rep. Glenn Baker (D-Jonesboro) will face off against Democrat Jackie Anderson-Woods. There are no Republican challengers. Baker, 63, a retired Georgia Power employee, is in his first term in the House. He is on four House committees: Economic Development and Tourism, Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications, Game, Fish, and Parks, and Transportation.
Anderson-Woods, 34, is a business owner and co-founder of Woody's Jump N Play, a 9,000-square-foot, indoor inflatables park in Henry County.
Also, with no Republican challengers in November, Incumbent District 1 School Board Member Pamela Adamson is facing fellow Democrat, Richard F. Jones, Jr.
Adamson, 63, is a retired educator from Hampton, and Jones, 49, is a retiree and resident of Jonesboro. Adamson served as Clayton County Public Schools' liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) during the school district's effort to regain its accreditation.
Several races, including the ones in State Senate Districts 34 and 44; House Districts 75 and 76; and School Board Districts 4 and 9, have three Democratic candidates, but no Republican challengers. The District 1 County Commissioner race has five Democratic candidates, and no Republican challengers.
In order for a candidate to win outright in the primary, the candidate must receive at least 50 percent of the vote, plus one vote. If there is not a clear winner, the two highest vote-getters will square off in a run-off election on Aug. 10.
Registered voters living in any part of the county will be able to vote at any of the six locations this week, according to Clayton County Elections and Registration Director Annie Bright. However, those who failed to register prior to June 21, will have to wait until the Nov. 2 general election to vote.
Bright said that as of July 1, there were 147,075 registered voters in Clayton County. As of Friday, only 876 voters had participated in early voting, or sent in absentee ballots, she said.
During the 2006 primary election, the county had a 17.3 percent turnout rate, said Bright. She said, as of Monday, there had been "light-to-moderate" activity at the polls, with the most activity at the Carl Rhodenizer Recreation Center and the Frank Bailey Senior Center.
For more information on advance voting, call the Clayton County Elections and Registration Office at (770) 477-3372.