Republican lawmakers are pushing a series of bills to make more local elections nonpartisan. Backers told the Senate ethics committee Monday that it would save money by nixing primaries in those races. But others say the move reflects Georgia shifting demographics.
Voters in Augusta and surrounding Richmond County could make history this Election Day by electing the county's first black sheriff. A victory for Richard Roundtree would make him the first African-American to serve as the top lawman in Richmond County in the office's 230-year history.