Columbus candidates encouraging people to vote in upcoming runoff election

Columbus candidates encouraging people to vote in upcoming runoff election
Published: Jul. 23, 2018 at 9:07 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 31, 2018 at 9:28 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Georgia voters are heading back to the polls Tuesday to decide their party's nominees in some of the state's top races.

Along with the highly-contested race, local races are garnering lots of attention.

Candidates are encouraging all registered voters to get out and vote.

"People need to realize there is a runoff election tomorrow, and it is a big deal," said John House,  District 10 at-large candidate.

Amy Bryan, also a candidate for the same seat, is following a similar sentiment and says she's ready for the election.

"We've been working hard since the May primary keeping up the momentum, but we're ready for tomorrow to be here for sure," said Bryan.

Bryan and House both vying for the vacant District 10 city-wide Columbus council seat that was left vacant by incoming mayor, Skip Henderson. They have two very different reasons why they believe they are qualified.

"I'm from Columbus, born and raised. I think council needs more energy, some fresh ideas, and a fresh perspective. That's definitely what I'm ready to lend," said Bryan.

"If you want experience, I am the person. I worked in federal government for over 30 years and taught public administration. If you want experience, I am the man," said House.

On the other side of the ballot, Mike Edmondson and Bart Steed are going head to head in the race to secure the District 2 seat on the Muscogee County School Board.

While Edmondson was not available for comment, Steed stressed the importance of Tuesday's election.

"In my heart, I feel like this is the most important race we have. Our kids make up our world and control our crime rate. So we got to teach our kids and get them in a great situation so our community will take care of itself," said Steed.

Other candidates following similar opinion when it comes to voting are encouraging everyone to get out and vote.

"Local elections matter. They impact you a lot, more than state and federal. So, get out and vote. Go to the polls," said Bryan.

Go vote. People need to get out and vote. It's part of being an American," said House.

There are also runoffs for school board and council seats in Harris County, Chattahoochee County, and Quitman County.

Polls will be open Tuesday, July 23  from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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