Early voting for the May 20 primary election begins Monday at the Columbia County Board of Elections office.
Races for two commission seats and one school board seat will be decided by voters in the primary election.
In the partisan County Commission races, incumbent Commission Chairman Ron Cross is opposed by Jim Bartley, a local builder and political activist, and two other men, Doug Duncan, a vice president with Augusta staffing firm MAU Inc., and Hafeez Chaudhry, a Martinez businessman and retired engineer, are competing to replace outgoing District 1 Commissioner Ron Thigpen.
The only contested race for the county Board of Education is in District 3, represented by incumbent Mike Sleeper. He is facing Staten Heard, a retired logistics executive who worked for General Motors and EZ-GO Textron.
Other local races on the ballot include the District 4 commission seat and the District 2 school board seat.
District 4 Commissioner Bill Morris will have no oppposition on the Republican ballot, but will face a Democratic opponent, Vernon Thomas Sr. come November.
Incumbent District 2 schools Trustee Kristi Baker is unopposed.
In addition to the local contests, voters will also be asked to choose candidates for state school superintendent, governor, U.S. Senate and House of Representative races. Sample ballots can be found online at http://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov.
Early voting will be held 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday at the elections office, 500 Faircloth Drive, Building E, in Evans.
One day of Saturday voting has been scheduled for 9 a.m.-4 p.m., May 10. The last day of early voting is May 16.