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The district opens for primaries at 7 a.m. Tuesday

Polls in Liberty County will open at 7 a.m. Tuesday and close at 7 p.m. for the general and nonpartisan primaries.

More than 4,000 votes were cast in early voting, which concluded Friday.

Voters must choose which partisan primary they want to vote for. On the Democratic side, there are several races, including three that will decide who fills that seat: District 6 county commission, tax commissioner and chief magistrate. There are also races for sheriff and county commission chairman, where a candidate will be chosen for the November general election.

In the November general election, voters can vote for any candidate from any party, but in the primaries they must indicate which primary party they want to vote for. For example, during the May primary, a voter who wants to vote in the Republican primary for District 4 county commission cannot also vote in the Democratic primary, such as for sheriff, tax commissioner or chief magistrate.

On the Democratic ticket, incumbent Donald Lovette is being challenged by Chassidy Oliveira for the position of county commission chairman. Incumbent Eddie Walden is being challenged by McKesson Stafford for the District 6 county commission seat and incumbent Sheriff Will Bowman is facing challenges from Kevin Hofkin, Keith Jenkins and Gary Richardson.

Kim McGlothlin and Jamie Sharp are running for tax commissioner, and incumbent Chief Magistrate Michael McGirt Jr. faces a challenge from Malcolm Williams. State Rep. Al Williams, who represents District 168 and covers all of Liberty County, is facing a challenge from Henry Covington. In these three races, no one is running in the Republican primaries and they will essentially be decided in the primaries.

Republicans Timmy Blount and Kevin Remillard are running for county commission District 4, where the winner will face incumbent Maxie Jones in the fall.

Two other Republicans – Michael Navarro and Gary Eason – face no opposition in their respective primaries. Navarro is running for county commission chairman and will oppose the winner of the Lovette-Oliveira race in the November general election. Eason is running for sheriff and will face the winner of the Democratic primary.

The polling stations open on Tuesday are:

District 1 – Riceboro Youth Center

District 2 – Charles Shuman Rec Center

Area 3 – Liberty County Community Complex, Midway

Area 4 – Victory Baptist Church Social Hall, 1933 Talmadge Road, Allenhurst

District 6 – Fleming Baptist Church Family Center, 3526 N. Coastal Highway, Fleming

Area 7 – St. Luke Baptist Church Social Hall, 48 Elam Road, Hinesville

Precinct 9 – Progressive Church Social Hall, 901 Pipkin Road, Hinesville

Precinct 10 – Lyman Hall Elementary School gymnasium, 1396 Shaw Road

Precinct 11 – Lewis Frasier Middle School gym, 910 Long-Frasier St.

Area 12 – First Baptist Church Social Hall, 220 E. Memorial Drive

District 13 – Performing Arts Center, 2140 E. Oglethorpe Highway

Precinct 14 – Pleasant Grove AME Church Social Hall, 1450 W. Oglethorpe Highway, Hinesville