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Sunday sales, municipal races to be decided

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Today, Statesboro voters will not be the only ones going to the polls.

Portal and Register voters will decide whether package alcohol will be sold on Sundays in those towns.

Statesboro and Bulloch County residents voted in 2011 to allow Sunday package alcohol sales, but Brooklet voters denied Sunday sales that year and the city won’t have the subject on the ballots today.

Both Brooklet and Portal voters will decide city council seats up for election, but none of Register’s candidates is opposed, meaning that only Sunday alcohol sales will be on Register’s ballot.

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

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, but the town is ready to decide after a business owner expressed interest.

During the last election, Portal voters denied Sunday alcohol sales by six votes, said Portal City Clerk Mike Arrieta. Council members agreed to include the issue on the ballot again after some citizens and council members expressed an interest.

As far as the mayor and City Council elections, in Statesboro, four candidates will appear on the ballot for mayor: incumbent Joe Brannen, Jonathan McCollar, Jan Moore and Bill Thomas. The District 1 City Council seat is also contested, as incumbent Phil Boyum will face Kelly Dabbs. Incumbent John Riggs is running unopposed for the District 4 seat.

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.

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

Longtime Register Mayor James Oates did not qualify to run again, and John F. Williams, the only candidate to qualify, 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 council seat 1, according to Deloach.

In addition to revisiting the Sunday alcohol sales issue, Portal voters will choose between candidates for two council seats. One seat, Post 1, held by incumbent Billy Boggs, is unopposed, Arrieta said.

Post 4 incumbent Mira 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.

If one candidate does not win more than 50 percent of the vote Tuesday in any race with three or more candidates, there will be a runoff between the top two vote-getters on Dec. 3.

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

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