The Tuesday elections will settle two issues in Barrow County, and in Winder a newly-elected (or re-elected) mayor and three council members will be chosen.
In the county election, voters will decide whether to begin using a city manager form of government as well as a part-time chairperson of the Board of Commissioners for Barrow County, with a reduction in pay, and meetings, a quorum and voting of the board.
Occupation: General Contractor
Education: Winder-Barrow high school graduate
Political experience: 4 years on Winder city council
Family; Wife Happy; daughters Alice and Laura; one granddaughter, Ella
Chip Thompson (incumbent)
Occupation: retired educator
Education: Bachelor and Master of Education degree, both from Georgia Southern University
Political experience: 4 years mayor of Winder; 8 years on Winder city council 1984-1992
Family: wife Shadie; (late) son George, daughter Suzanne; grandson Grayson and two granddaughters, Charlotte and Camille
Winder City Council Ward 2
Charlie Eberhart (incumbent)
Education: graduate, John H. Gupton College
Political Experience: more than 20 years Winder city council
Family: wife Pamela; children Latasha, Forrest, Nisha; grandchildren Zaria, Rylan
Occupation: currently disabled
Education: graduated United College of Business, California in 1988
Political experience: none
Family: wife Maria; daughter Francesca and sons Kenyon and Lawrence
Also at issue on the Barrow County ballot is whether to permit and regulate retail package sales of malt beverages and wine on Sundays, between 12:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.
In Winder, mayor Chip Thompson is running for re-election and is challenged by councilman David Maynard. Maynard is running for the top seat at the encouragement of family, friends and many citizens. "I felt it was my duty to run," he said.
Charlie Eberhart and political newcomer Jim Cooley square off for the Ward 2 council seat. Cooley contends that Eberhart actally lives in Athens and that the city maintains an apartment for him within Winder city limits, violating state law. Larry Evans and Tim Bolt square off Tuesday for the at-large council seat. Evans intends to be "a voice for downtown Winder." Bolt has been a Winder citizen since 1999 and simply wants to improve the overall well- being of the city.
Travis Singley is running unopposed for the Ward 4 council seat.