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The debates started in July and have continued into the fall between Democrat Spencer Frye, executive director of Athens Area Habitat for Humanity, and Carter Kessler, who has run various businesses.
Frye defeated long-time incumbent Keith Heard in the primary in July, and Kessler beat Chris Perlera to win the Republican nomination.
The 118th is drawn for a Democrat, so it seems doubtful that a Republican can win the district. But Kessler's image seems to be everywhere, as he is involved in an advertising campaign. Tomorrow voters will learn if his efforts have paid off.
In the race for the 47th Senate District seat. Democratic challenger Tim Riley of Athens-Clarke County is taking on incumbent Republican Senator Frank Ginn, who’s from Madison County. Riley is an openly gay candidate, the first from Northeast Georgia, who ran for the General Assembly in 2008 as well but lost.
Ginn said publicly that he couldn't support Amendment 1 because it ignores local control of public schools. The Constitutional amendment, if passed, with set up a state-appointed commission that will approve charter schools, even if the local school board doesn't want them.
Athenians may remember that Ginn had no problem with ignoring local control when it came to redistricting. During the last legislative session, he voted with former Democratic turned Republican State Rep. Doug McKillip--who lost in the primary to Regina Quick, who is unopposed--to reconfigure Athens Clarke County Commission districts from 8 with two overlying "super" districts to 10 districts.
A bi-partisan citizens panel in Athens had, in 2011, designed a plan that would have kep the super districts in place.