Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 5, is all about the cities.
There are no state or national races in the General Municipal election; those are reserved for next year with the big one on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, when voters flock to the polls to vote for the president of the United States of America.
While the state and national fireworks are a ways off, there are several important local races coming up in less than three weeks.
In Dalton, Mayor Dennis Mock is challenged by former Mayor David Pennington while Sam Sanders faces incumbent Pablo Perez for his seat on the board of education. Two seats are contested on the Varnell City Council. Seat 3 incumbent David Owens faces Sandy Pangle while Seat 5 incumbent Bob Roche takes on Richard Lowe. In Cohutta, four people are running for two seats: Nick Conner, J. Shane Kornberg (incumbent), Andy Lopez and Shelia Rose (incumbent).
You don't have to wait until next month to vote. Early voting began Monday and continues until Friday, Nov. 1, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Whitfield County Courthouse.
We certainly encourage you to hit the polls early. When Election Day finally rolls around, life sometimes gets in the way. Or sometimes, we simply forget to cast our votes. Voting early is a good idea -- and it's easy to do.
If you're not sure who to vote for, check out the Daily Citizen-News for profiles on the races. We published the mayor profiles in Sunday's edition, and the Dalton school board race in today's paper. Stories on the Cohutta and Varnell races are upcoming.
If you missed any of our election previews, you can swing by the office at 308 S. Hamilton St. and pick up a copy or read the stories at www.dailycitizen.news.