Runoff elections fast approaching, heating up
by TCT Staff
November 30, 2013 11:55 PM | 1480 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Voters in Canton and parts of Cherokee County get another chance to head to the polls Tuesday to decide the winners in three runoffs left from the Nov. 5 elections.

The elections will decide two Canton City Council seats and the District 14 Senate seat. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The race for the District 14 Senate seat heated up in recent days, with the battle between Bartow County candidates Bruce Thompson and Matt Laughridge seeing the gloves come off in a series of advertisements in the newspaper and on the airwaves.

Thompson led the five-candidate race in November with about 33 percent of the vote for the seat covering parts of Cherokee, Bartow and Cobb counties. Laughridge came in second with 26 percent.

Both candidates have been hitting their campaigns hard since neither were able to rise above the competition in the regular election, and as the day of decision draws closer, tensions in the race have started to rise.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the campaign consulting firm working for Thompson took out a half-page ad in the Cherokee Tribune to bring attention to Laughridge’s Feb. 21 DUI arrest and to accuse him of trying to buy the election by personally loaning his campaign $100,000.

The Laughridge campaign swung back with a full-page ad in Thursday’s Cherokee Tribune, accusing Thompson’s campaign of stooping to a “new low” by running the ad, which showed the mug shot from Laughridge’s arrest and the Georgia State Patrol incident report.

Thompson said Wednesday he hadn’t seen the anti-Laughridge ad before it ran, but he wasn’t opposed to the content, because the information was factual. Laughridge, though, defended himself and noted he hadn’t been to court yet and he believed the DUI charge would be dropped.

Meanwhile, the two races for seats coming open on the Canton City Council have been mostly quiet.

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

But like Thompson and Laughridge, none of the candidates got more than 50 percent of the votes, and the top two vote-getters are facing off in the runoff as a result.

All registered voters in Canton and state Senate District 14 are eligible to vote Tuesday, whether they voted Nov. 5 or not, election officials said.

Those who want to cast a ballot will go to their regular county polling precincts.

For more information on where to vote, go to voter.cherokeega.com.

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