Larry Stanford Editor
October 15, 2013
Registered voters in the City of Thomaston’s District 1 council area are the only voters in the county who will need to go the polls on General Election Day, November 5, 2013. District 1 voters will be casting ballots on who will be their City Council representative for the next four years, Don Greathouse or Tempy Hoyal.
Early voting for the position began Monday and continues through Friday, November 1. Voting days and hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Registrar’s Office, 305 South Hightower Street, Suite 130.
Greathouse won a special election on September 17, 2013 to fill the remaining three months in the term of the late Wallace Rhodes, who died in June. Hoyal also challenged him in that race. Greathouse was sworn into office on October 1, 2013, and is listed as the Incumbent on the ballot for the General Election.
The only other election that will be on the ballot will be for Mayor Pro Tem, and that will take just one vote to win. Incumbent Doug Head qualified to run for re-election, and no one qualified to run against him.
The District 3 Council seat held by Dr. Jim Richards was also going to be on the ballot, and it too would have needed just 1 vote for Dr. Richards to be re-elected. Unfortunately, Dr. Richards passed away unexpectedly on September 20, 2013. Because there would not have been enough time to re-advertise and re-qualify candidates for the position, the city decided to wait until the March 2014 election to fill the District 3 post.
There are no county, state or national elections on the Nov. 5 General Election ballot.