From staff reports
Baldwin County Commission District 2 incumbent Linda Fussell would like to see early voters show their support this week.
Fussell faces challenger Tommy French in the Tuesday runoff election after receiving 34.59 percent (267 votes), taking a lead by one vote against French, who received 34.46 percent (266 votes).
As a Milledgeville native and former Georgia Department of Corrections employee, Fussell first ran for county commission in 2000, then again in 2004. While seeking re-election in 2008, County Commissioner Collins P. Lee passed away. Fussell, who was the only candidate who qualified to run for the seat in a special election, was appointed to complete the unexpired term left vacant due to Lee’s passing. She completed the public servant’s unexpired term and was elected without opposition to the board in November 2008.
Fussell stressed the importance of collaboration in building a better community and said a sense of giving back prompted her to seek public office.
Since joining the board, Fussell has served as chair of the Baldwin County Commission and has been active in local and state organizations such as the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia, Middle Georgia Regional Development Authority and the Oconee River Greenway.
Early voting will continue at the Baldwin County Courthouse in room 104 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday. Voters who cast their ballot in the District 2 republican primary are excluded from voting in this democratic primary runoff.
Voters will need to bring a valid form of identification, which may include a Georgia driver’s license, a valid voter identification card, a valid United States passport, a government-issued employee identification card, a United States military identification card or a valid tribal identification card. All forms of identification must include a photograph of the voter.
For more information about early voting or voting requirements, call (478) 445-4526 or visit the GaSOS’s website at www.sos.georgia.gov.
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