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Turnout expected to be low at runoff Tuesday

Few people are expected to participate in Tuesday’s election runoff.

Gwinnett Elections Supervisor Lynn Ledford said she expects less than 5 percent of voters to come out to cast ballots, which feature runoffs for Georgia Supreme Court justice and Court of Appeals judge.

Incumbent Justice David Nahmias said the runoff has its own challenges, the biggest being convincing people to make it to the polls.

Because so few are expected, he’s been concentrating his campaign in the legal community and in areas like Athens, where a mayoral runoff could bring a bigger turnout.

“You’ve got to get the word out that there is another election, and they need to vote for the most qualified candidate,” he said. “We are focusing on the legal community because they tend to pay the most attention (to judicial races). ... Now, for the people who do vote, it’s a pretty clear choice.”

Challenger Tammy Lynn Adkins is a divorce attorney who has a practice in Lawrenceville. Attempts to reach her during the holiday week were unsuccessful.

For voters interested in comparing the candidates, information can be found at www.justicenahmias.com and www.adkins4justice.com.

The Court of Appeals candidates also have websites. Information about Antoinette “Toni” Davis can be found at www.votetoni.com, and Chris McFadden has details at www.mcfaddenforappealscourt.com.

Carter to run for GOP position

Liz Carter is turning from her unsuccessful bid for Congress to a new campaign.

Carter, the GOP’s nominee for the 4th Congressional District, is running for first vice chairwoman of the Georgia Republican Party.

“The experience and ‘behind the scenes’ knowledge I have gained over the past year can only help the efforts of others who have the desire to run for office,” she said. “I want to share and help provide the necessary resources for fellow Republicans to be successful in 2012 and beyond.”

After the GOP’s success this November decimating the Democrat’s majority in the U.S. House, Carter said she wants to be a part of continuing that momentum in the next election cycle, where the country will choose a new president.

The Atlanta woman said she would like to enhance and build stronger partnerships with the county parties, Young Republicans, College Republican chapters, women organizations, conservative coalitions, tea party organizations and the national GOP.

“I look forward to working with our Georgia chair to continue to build on our grassroots efforts, enhance our technology, and empower our candidates,” Carter said. “I’m excited to help fiscally responsible leaders, who will uphold the Constitution and represent the Republican Party, and our conservative values and principles.”

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.

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