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Advance voting begins Tuesday
Hawkins, Semanson in runoff for District 5 commission post
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District 5 voters will once again have a chance to support their choice for Forsyth County commissioner.

Advance voting for the July 26 Republican primary runoff between Justin Hawkins and Laura Semanson begins on Tuesday.

Unlike advance voting for the general primary, voting prior to election day will only be held at the Forsyth County administration building. Polls will be open from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on weekdays until July 22, as well as Saturday, July 16 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the same location.

Voters are required to bring proper identification.

On July 26, polls will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at five precincts in the district.

Barbara Luth, supervisor of voter registrations and elections, said that the polls are open only to residents who live in the district and did not vote on the Democratic ballot in May.

“If they voted Democrat in the primary, they cannot vote,” she said. “Anybody that did not vote in the primary can vote, anybody that voted a non-partisan ballot in the primary can vote and anybody, naturally, that voted Republican can vote.”

District 5 covers much of eastern Forsyth around Lake Lanier.

Commissioner Jim Boff, who currently represents the district, did not seek re-election for the seat that he has held since 2009.

Semanson and Hawkins were the top two vote getters in the May 24 Republican Primary, though neither earned the required 50 percent of votes plus one vote to win outright.

Semanson, who previously worked in the technology industry, received the primary’s most votes with 1,654, about 43 percent of the vote.

Hawkins, a pharmaceutical sales representative, finished with 1,241 votes, around 33 percent.

The race’s third candidate, Chandon Adams, received 914 votes, about 24 percent, and did not qualify for the runoff, which only takes the two with the most votes.

The county administration building is at 110 E. Main Street in Cumming.

More information, including a sample ballot, can be found at or