Duluth Election Guide
The issues and races that will be affecting Duluth and Gwinnett County in upcoming elections.
As we look ahead to this year's elections, Duluth Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need to vote. Here are some issues and races we'll be covering.
TSPLOST Vote: A one-cent sales tax has been proposed to fund transportation projects across the metro Atlanta region. Voters will vote "yes" or "no" for it in a referendum on the July 31 Primary ballot. For more information click here. Gov. Nathan Deal has endorsed the tax. A grassroots coalition has formed to oppose it.
Seventh Congressional District Race: Incumbent U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Lawrenceville, whose district includes Duluth, faces two challengers, a Republican and a Democrat, in his bid for re-election to a second term.
Georgia General Assembly Races: District 48 State Sen. David Shafer, R-Duluth, is running unopposed for re-election. District 97 State Rep. Brooks Coleman, R-Duluth, has attracted a Republican opponent. Mark Williams of Duluth and Mark Garmon of Norcross have qualified as Republicans to run against incumbent District 96 State Rep. Pedro "Pete" Marin, D-Duluth. District 5 State Sen. Curt Thompson, D-Tucker, is being opposed for re-election by Republican Gary Guan of Norcross.
Gwinnett Judicial Races: Three retiring judges have created vacancies for Gwinnett Superior Court, State Court and Probate Court. Five candidates each are running for the Superior Court and State Court seats on the bench. Two candidates have qualified for the Probate Court judge position.
District 1 Gwinnett County Commission Race: Former Suwanee Councilman Jace Brooks and Duluth resident Laurie McClain, whose accounting firm is based in Suwanee, qualified as Republicans to run for Shirley's Lasseter's seat on the commission in a race to be decided in the July 31 Primary. A separate election to fill Lasseter's unexpired term is scheduled Nov. 6. District 1 includes Duluth and Suwanee.
District 3 Gwinnett Board of Education Race: Incumbent Dr. Mary Kay Murphy of Peachtree Corners has been challenged by Jennifer Falk of Berkeley Lake. Murphy is running as a Republican and Falk as a Democrat, so the race will not be decided until the November General Election.
Primary Ballot Questions: Voters will find a number of questions on their Democratic and Republican Primary ballots July 31.