Henry County cities will swear in new or ongoing mayors and city council members in 2018, for which early voting is in full swing through Nov. 3.

Election Day is Nov. 7.

In Hampton, Mayor Steve Hutchison is fending off a challenge from retiree Wayne Selman.

The Hampton City Council has three vacancies to fill for four-year terms starting in January.

Voters can choose between legal consultant Shawn Black, community volunteer Stephanie Bodie, incumbents Charlie Hearn and Marty Meeks, student Errol Mitchell, chain restaurant manager Edward T. Spencer, retiree Willie Turner and college basketball coach Alford A. Williams.

A two-year term is up for grabs after City Councilman Chris Moore stepped down in August.

Vying for it in a special election are sales representative Timothy Leshunn Branch, retired military officer Elton Brown and City Councilwoman Mary Ann Mitcham, who declined to reup for the four-year seat.

Locust Grove needs three city council members.

The seven-candidate field is incumbent Keith Boone, real estate agent Rudy Breedlove, retiree David Brown, incumbent Sammy Brown, retiree John R. Gardner, project manager Nathan C. Harrison and incumbent Willie Taylor.

McDonough seeks a mayor and three city council members.

Mayor Billy Copeland is up against retiree Annette Rayner, who ran in 2015 for city council.

At-large City Councilman Roger Pruitt competes against former City Councilman Rufus F. “Sugar” Amis.

District 1 City Councilman Rufus L. Stewart is running unopposed.

District 2 pits City Councilwoman Sandra Vincent against Falcon Design business development manager and former City Councilman Mike Crawford.

Stockbridge needs a mayor and two city council members.

Mayor Judy Neal dropped out of the running for the top slot in September.

Hopefuls are 2015 city council candidate Tony Brown and City Councilman Anthony S. Ford.

For the open city council seats, voters will pick two from a four-person field consisting of incumbent LaKeisha T. Gantt, insurance agent Cherice Hollis, commercial lender David W. Le’Gall Sr. and former City Councilman Alphonso Thomas.

Early voting for municipal races started Oct. 16.

Voters can cast ballots at the Henry County Elections office, 40 Atlanta St., McDonough.

Weekday voting continues through Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 30 to Nov. 3 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday voting is available Oct. 28 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday voting is available Oct. 29 from 1 to 5 p.m.

Stockbridge will have early voting at Merle Manders Conference Center, 111 Davis Road, Oct. 28 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 29 from 1 to 5 p.m. and Oct. 30 to Nov. 3 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Hampton and Locust Grove will also have early voting Oct. 30 to Nov. 3 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The sites are the Fortson Library, 61 McDonough St., Hampton, and the Locust Grove Library, 115 MLK Jr. Blvd.

Those four polling sites will be open Election Day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Absentee ballots can be mailed out by Nov. 3, according to the county election office website.

The office must receive all absentee ballots before 7 p.m. on Nov. 7 for them to be counted.

Ballots from military and overseas voters will be accepted up to Nov. 10 if postmarked by Nov. 7.

Information: 770-288-6448 or http://bit.ly/2w5bNmp

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