Early voting for runoffs starts Monday
by Joshua Sharpe
November 16, 2013 10:02 PM | 1480 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Voters will once again be able let their voices be heard Monday as early voting in the Dec. 3 runoff elections for the Canton City Council and the District 14 seat in the state Senate begins.

As with other runoff elections, voter turnout is expected to be “very light,” said Cherokee County elections supervisor Janet Munda.

“I hope the voters come out,” Munda said Friday. “These are three very important elections for the citizens of the city of Canton and District 14.”

But like in most runoff elections, Munda said “It will be candidates getting the voters out.”

In the runoff, Sandy McGrew and Clint Weatherby will be squaring off for the Ward 1 seat on the Canton City Council, and John R. Rust and Farris Yawn are vying for the Ward 3 seat.

McGrew led the race for Ward 1 on Nov. 5 with about 49 percent of the vote, over Weatherby’s 35 percent in the three-candidate battle for the seat. In the race for Ward 3, Rust pulled in about 44 percent of the vote in the four-candidate race, and Yawn was second with 29 percent.

But because none of the candidates got more than 50 percent of the votes, the top two vote-getters are competing in the runoff.

The case was the same with Bartow County candidates Bruce Thompson and Matt Laughridge in the race for the District 14 state Senate seat.

Thompson led the five-candidate race with about 33 percent of the vote in the three-county race, and Laughridge came in second with 26 percent.

Like Munda, Thompson expects a light turnout in the runoff, but he’s hopeful he’ll have similar luck as he did Nov. 5.

“We understand that turnout will be very low,” Thompson, a 48-year-old who owns several businesses, said Friday. “We obviously hope and pray that everyone that turned out for us the first time will turn out again.”

To get those voters out again, Thompson said he’s been taking meetings and hitting the stump hard to convince the voters that he’s the man for the job.

“It’s going very, very well,” he said.

Laughridge, a 25-year-old car-dealership owner, is also hoping his supporters will come out once more for him, although this time, he is hoping he can pull more votes than his opponent.

“I think it’s really just about getting the awareness out there,” Laughridge said Friday. “Most people just don’t know that it’s not over.”

Laughridge said he has also been talking to the voters to tell them where he stands and that many have been willing to listen.

“It’s been a real inspiration and humbling feeling to see that,” he said.

Early voting for the runoffs will be at the Cherokee County Elections Office on East Main Street in Canton and run until Nov. 27.

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