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Sunday sales, council seats on municipal ballots

Brooklet, Portal, Register set to hold elections

Sunday sales, council seats on municipal ballots

Sunday sales, council seats on municipal ballots


Editor's note: This article has been revised to reflect the following correction, which appears in Tuesday's print edition. Because of incorrect information supplied, the Register mayoral candidate was incorrectly reported in a front-page article Sunday. John F. Williams qualified, and current Mayor James Oates did not. In the same story, because of a reporter's error, the name of a Brooklet City Council candidate was misspelled. Gregory N. Schlierf is running for the Brooklet council Post 4 seat. Also, Portal City Council Post #3 incumbent Jerry Lanigan's name was omitted. The Herald regrets the errors.

Two of Bulloch County’s smaller municipalities will vote on Sunday alcohol sales this November, but residents of Brooklet won’t see that issue on the ballot.

Two years ago, Brooklet voters decided against allowing the sale of alcohol in their town, and the decision will stand, said Brooklet City Clerk Lori Phillips.

“That is not on the ballot and there has been no discussion” of voting on the issue again, she said.

Brooklet voters will choose between candidates for two council seats; Post 3 incumbent Richard “Jim” Stanoff is running unopposed.

Post 4 incumbent Edwin R. Smith is challenged by Sharon “Sherry” Rich and Gregory N. Schlierf, said Belle Gay, an administrative assistant to the Brooklet City Council.

Incumbent Jim Orr, Post 5, will not run for the office again, she said. Two others — Steve Allen Vezo and Thomas F. McElwee — will vie for the post.

The town of Register did not get the Sunday alcohol sales issue on the ballot in time for the last election, said Register Town Clerk Rhonda Deloach.

This time, Register will decide on whether alcohol sales will be allowed on Sundays, but that’s the only issue on which they will vote, she said. “If not for the Sunday sales issue, we would not be having an election.”

Register Mayor James Oates did not qualify to run again. John F. Williams will run unopposed for mayor. Incumbent Barbara Rushing is also unopposed for council seat 2, and no one qualified for vacant council seat 1.

In January, council members will appoint someone to that seat, according to Deloach.

Portal voters will revisit the Sunday alcohol sales issue as well as choose between candidates for two council seats. One seat, Post 1, held by incumbent Billy Boggs, is unopposed, said Portal City Clerk Mike Arrieta.

In the last election, citizens denied Sunday alcohol sales by only six votes, he said. Council members agreed to include the issue on the ballot again.

Statesboro and Bulloch County residents voted to allow Sunday alcohol sales in 2011.

Incumbent Myra Barrett will not run for office again, leaving the field wide open for candidates Sissy Carter and Nan Finch.

Post #3 incumbent Jerry Lanigan is challenged by Jackie A. Woods, Arrieta said.

The last day to register to vote in the Nov. 5 municipal elections (Statesboro, Register, Portal, Brooklet) is Monday, Oct. 7, said Patricia Lanier Jones, election supervisor for the Bulloch County Board of Elections and Voter Registration.

Voter registration is held at the Bulloch County Courthouse.

“A voter can check their voter registration (status) if they go to mvp.sos.state.ga.us or by giving our office a call at (912) 764-6502,” Jones said.

Early voting for the city of Statesboro and the town of Register will begin Oct. 14, and absentee ballot requests will be done through the voter registration office located in the Bulloch County Courthouse, Jones said.

Early voting for residents of Brooklet and Portal begins Oct. 15, and absentee ballot requests will be fielded at  the City Hall in those municipalities.

“Statesboro and Register contracted with the county for us to do their elections and we will be open on Columbus Day, Oct. 14,” Jones said. “Portal and Brooklet are doing their own election and will be closed on Columbus Day.”

Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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