Candidates set for city races
By Monroe Roark
The fields are set for November’s elections in Henry County’s four cities, with one mayoral seat and a dozen city council slots up for grabs.
Seven candidates are vying for three seats on the Hampton City Council: Henry Byrd, Nick Craig, Linda Dodgen, Chris Moore, Kathryn Pillatzki, Ann Tarpley and Alfred Williams.
Byrd is the only incumbent. Zakery Daniel and Willie Walls did not qualify to run for re-election. Moore is a former mayor of Hampton.
In Locust Grove, incumbent Mayor Robert Price is unopposed in his bid for another term. The three incumbent council members - Vernon Ashe, Otis Hammock and Frances Ward - are running again along with Carlos Greer.
A field of eight qualified in Stockbridge for three City Council seats: Elton Alexander, John Blount, Tony Brown, Jack Cowart, Hernitha “Neat” Robinson, Bruce Smith Sr., Alphonso Thomas and Regina Lewis Ward.
Thomas and Ward are incumbents. Robin Buschman is not running for a second term.
All council races in Hampton, Locust Grove and Stockbridge are at-large, with the top three vote-getters in each race set to take office in January.
McDonough has one at-large race and two district races on the ballot. Incumbent Gail Notti faces Ben Pruett for the at-large seat, while incumbent Kamali Varner is opposed by former councilman Monta Brown in District 4. The field in the District 3 race includes incumbent Craig Elrod along with James Panaro and Antonio Davis.