As advance voting rolls on, voters across Georgia will have the opportunity to choose either Forsyth County’s Geoff Duncan, a Republican, or Marietta’s Sarah Riggs Amico, a Democrat, as Georgia’s next lieutenant governor.
Early voting for the Nov. 6 election began on Oct. 15 and will continue on weekdays through Nov. 3. Voting was also held on Oct. 20 and will continue this Saturday.
Through the first week of voting, including Saturday, 8,334 locals cast early ballots.
Early voting is available at the new Forsyth County Voter Registration and Elections Office at 1201 Sawnee Drive weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Early voting is also available at the Hampton Park Library, the Midway Park Community Building and the Sharon Springs Park Community Building from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27; from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 29, Oct. 31 and Nov. 2; from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Oct. 30 and Nov. 1.
Below are some of the candidate’s stances on issues impacting the state.
Experience: Duncan is a former state House Representative for House District 26. He is a small business owner and attended Georgia Tech.
More info: TeamDuncan.org
In a recent interview, Duncan told the Forsyth County News he wanted to take lessons from Forsyth County, such as increased technology, to the state level. He also touted a school safety plan he and gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp recently debuted to add new counselors to public high schools, a new school safety division of the Georgia Department of Education and additional funding for schools.
As a member of the legislature, Duncan championed a rural health care bill which increased the amount of money people who donate to hospitals get back in tax credits and sets the cap for those credits at $60 million each year.
Duncan has said he wants to help companies to create jobs rather than empower politicians.
Duncan has said he wants to dismantle ineffective programs in the state and streamline the state budget process.
Sarah Riggs Amico
Experience: Amico is an executive chair of trucking and logistics problem at Jack Cooper. She is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and earned an MBA from Harvard University.
More info: SarahforGeorgia.com
Amico previously told Forsyth County News she wanted to see an update to the state’s funding formula for schools. She has also said she wants to see increased pay for teachers.
Amico has said she wants to expand Medicaid but said it wasn’t the only solution to healthcare issues in Georgia. She said she also favors increasing the number of nurse practitioners in the state and expanding telemedicine, or interactions between doctors and patients through audio and video equipment.
Amico has said she opposes the “false choice” posed by politicians to either have growth or prosperity and said believes the state can do both.
Political infighting and “hyper-partisan politics” are two issues Amico has said is hurting the state. She said if elected, she wants to work with both parties and work for a more efficient government.