Updated: Time to get serious about the May 22 primary. Judicial race dominates the Floyd ballot, House race in Bartow; statewide offices will dominate the airwaves.

Updated: Time to get serious about the May 22 primary. Judicial race dominates the Floyd ballot, House race in Bartow; statewide offices will dominate the airwaves.

About the primary: There’s only one key local race on the May 22 ballot — electing a new superior court judge to replace the retiring Tami Colston. The candidates in the nonpartisan race at Emily J. Matson and Kay Ann Wetherington. Together, they’ve collected more than $110,000 in contributions, a surprising number for a local race.

With roughly seven weeks to go, there’s not a neighborhood in Rome/Floyd County that doesn’t have signs out for one if not both candidates. A swing through old East Rome, through Saddle Mountain, up Old Dalton Road, down Chulio — the results are the same. It seems that even though we have a “short” local ballot this election season, we have just as many yard signs out — with more on the way.

You can vote in this race no matter which ballot your pick when advance voting begins three weeks from today: Democrat, Republican or other. You’ll find the top of the ballot — the statewide offices — much busier than the local section.

In Bartow County, the big primary race is State House District 15: Matthew Gambill, Republican, vs. Allan Levene, Republican. Four-term incumbent Paul Battles is not seeking re-election.

Our focus:

Hometown Headlines is keying only on the judicial race as it is the only local issue on the ballot. We’ll have expanded coverage of the race beginning next Monday. You can see past stories on our Politics page.

Hometown Headlines Radio Edition: We’ll have both candidates in studio on Thursday, April 26, from 7:40 until 8:30 a.m. for a joint interview. You’ll hear it at WRGA 98.7 FM and online at wrga.streamon.fm.

Voter registration deadline for the May 22 primary is Tuesday, April 24. This is for new voters, lapsed voters or those who have moved since the latest elections. Register at the county elections office now through 5 p.m. April 24.

Advance voting: The first day you can vote will be Monday, April 30, ending Friday, May 18. We’ll have details on early voting locations soon. Precincts will be open Tuesday, May 22, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Sample ballots: Not available as of Sunday from the Secretary of State’s office. For more, click MVP

GENERAL ELECTION, Nov. 6

FLOYD COUNTY COMMISSION

Post One: Rhonda Wallace, incumbent, Republican.  Stephanie Wright, Democrat.

STATE HOUSE

District 13: Katie Dempsey, incumbent, Republican, vs. John Burnette II, Democrat.

STATE SENATE

District 52: Chuck Hufstetler, incumbent, Republican. Evan Ross, Democrat.

District 14: Bruce Thompson, incumbent, Republican. Rachel Kinsey, Democrat.

U.S. Congress

House District 11: Barry Loudermilk, incumbent, Republican, and Democrat Flynn Broady Jr. of Marietta.

House District 14: Tom Graves, incumbent, Republican. Stephen Lamar Foster, a Democrat from Dalton.

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