Campaign Watch: NBC to monitor Chattooga County elections as part of national walkup to midterm races. Advance voting ends Friday; precincts open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 2. Who’s on the ballot; where and when to vote.

Campaign Watch: NBC to monitor Chattooga County elections as part of national walkup to midterm races. Advance voting ends Friday; precincts open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 2. Who’s on the ballot; where and when to vote.

Below: Election calendar / Taped candidate forums / Nov. 2 ballots


Throughout 2022, NBC News reporters will embed in seven bellwether counties from coast-to-coast to report on hyper-local issues facing key electorates across the country as the midterms begin to take shape. One of the counties the broadcast selected is Chattooga in Northwest Georgia. Ellison Barber will be the embedded reporter.

About Chattooga County: In the 2020 presidential election almost a year ago, 71.4% of all registered voters cast ballots (10,104 of 14,143 registered)… Republicans won by margins of 78 to 82% against Democratic opponents…



The Floyd County Republican Women meet Tuesday, Nov. 2, at The Palladium, 69 Church St., beginning at noon. Guest speaker: Author/evangelist Dr. Alveda King.




Advance voting under way in Floyd County:  Early voting is under way and absentee ballots available at the Floyd County Board of Elections and Registration Office.  Office hours are Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.  The last day to cast your ballot early is Friday, Oct. 29.

Floyd County Board of Elections and Registration Office is in the Floyd County Administration Building, 12 E. Fourth Ave., Suite 20.

  • Today-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Rome Civic Center, 400 Civic Center Drive (across from ALDI)

  • Today-Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Drop box hours for absentee voting: Just one box, at the elections office at 12 E. Fourth Ave.

  • Today-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m

Nov. 2: Election day, precincts open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Rome voters: Because of Garden Lakes Baptist Church not available for this election, voting on election day will be at: Anthony Recreation Center; 2901 Garden Lakes Blvd; Rome, Ga 30165.

  • Mt. Alto North precinct has moved to Anthony Recreation Center at 2901 Garden Lakes Boulevard, Rome, across from Garden Lakes Elementary School.

Nov. 2 ballots:


City Commission, three seats, Ward 2: Top three vote-getters win the seats.

  • Elaina Beeman
  • LuGina Brown
  • Jamie Doss (incumbent)
  • Tyrone Holland
  • Victor Hixon
  • Randy Quick (incumbent)

Rome Board of Education, seven seats: Top seven vote-getters win the seats.

  • Pascha Burge
  • Will Byington (incumbent)
  • Faith Collins (incumbent)
  • Dr. Melissa Davis (incumbent)
  • Jill Fisher (incumbent)
  • Alvin Jackson Sr. (incumbent)
  • Tracy Anthony-McDew
  • Ron Roach
  • John Uldrick (incumbent)


Six people have qualified to run for the three City Council seats this fall.

  • Incumbent Charles Jackson is challenged by Stacey Royston.
  • Incumbent Nellie McCain is challenged by Jason West.
  • Incumbent Nancy Fricks is challeged by Steve Pierce.



On Nov. 2, Cartersville voters will elect the Mayor, three) City Council seats (wards 1, 3 and 5) and four School Board seats: Wards 1, 2, 5 and 6.

Advance voting: All locations will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. all days.
Main Office – 1300 Joe Frank Harris Pkwy. Cartersville, GA. 30120

  • Today-Friday

Cartersville Civic Center | Manning Mill Gym – 435 W. Main St., Cartersville, GA. 30120

  • Today-Friday

Mayor: Barbara Jackson, Matt Santini

Ward 3: Valerie H.  Watlz, Cary Roth.

School Board

  • No races challenged.


  • Post 3: James Castro, Joe Pullium
  • Post 4: Taylor Forsyth, Brandey Jenkins


  • City commission, at large: Jody Bishop, Stephen Jordan, Jarette Shaw
  • Rerendum: Issue permits for the sale of packed ,distilled beverages?


  • Mayor: Craig Guyton, Ronald Nesbitt
  • City Council, at large; Greg Free vs Joseph
  • Referendum: Allow change city boundaries?


  • Post 1: Alan Cochran, Roxie Pritchhete


  • City council, at least: Gary Crisp, Stephanie Nichelson, Curtis Powers


Cedartown: Polk County Annex, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., today-Friday.

Rockmart Community Center, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., today-Friday.


  • Daniel Johnson
  • Dickie Gazaway
  • Stephen Wilson

Cedartown City Commission

  • Sam Branch
  • Matt Foster
  • Jessica Brewster Payton

Rockmart City Council

  • Ward 1: Will Dover, Joe Henderson
  • Ward 3: Lucille Harris
  • Ward 4: Michael Bradley


Early voting is today-Friday. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.  The Gordon County Board of Elections and Voter Registration Office is across the street from the Post Office at 408 Court St., Calhoun.


The League of Women Voters of Rome-Floyd County hosted the Rome City Commission forum. 

 The League of Women Voters Rome-Floyd County  sponsored a candidates forum for Rome Board of Education candidates. You can watch the replay below:

LWVRF ran short of time during our recent forum and asked the Rome City School Board Candidates to provide a closing statement in 3 sentences or less. Thanks to all those who participated.
Pascha Burge: John Maxwell said, “Leaders become great NOT because of their power, but because of their ability to EMPOWER others, Leadership is not about being in charge, it’s about taking care of the people IN YOUR CHARGE.” The current board has done some good work, made some tough decisions and now I want to be a part of the next chapter that will propel Rome City Schools to the next level, where ALL schools will be a place that ANY parent, like Jackie Knight, would be proud to send their child. I want to bring back that “Sparkle” of excitement to attend school and get back to making it a more rewarding environment for our teachers, parents, & children to thrive.
Faith Collins: I would like to Thank you for your support and I ask for your support again on Nov 2.
I will continue to be a productive & effective Board member for RCS. Thank You!
Dr. Melissa Davis: As a parent, former educator, and pediatrician, I will stand by each child, advocating for a safe and excellent education. I will listen carefully, think differently, and be bold in action to ensure the opportunity for academic success for your child. I ask you for the opportunity to again stand with every child in the Rome City School District
Jill Fisher: Besides opening Main Elementary School and the College and Career Academy, we have achieved so much at Rome City Schools these last four years, such as being designated a GSBA Distinguished School Board; increasing communication within the community and with our parents (we now have a new app!); purchasing new laptops for every student and teacher; introducing TBRI (Trust Based Relational Intervention), a social-emotional learning program, at all of our schools; and managing our own transportation system with over 37 new buses for our students. Rome City Schools is the place to be and our student population is growing. My goal is to continue pushing towards excellence at all of our schools and addressing the needs of a larger school population while remaining fiscally responsible.
Alvin Jackson: I have dedicated my entire life to serving Rome and would like to continue to do so. As a School Board Member, my goal is to see all of our Rome City School students graduate with a degree or career choice that prepares them for life in the decades of 2020s,30s,40s and beyond and which will bring them the ability to pursue the American Dream for themselves and their future generations. I am asking for your vote on November 2nd so that I can serve a 2nd term on the Rome City School Board.
Tracy McDew: I am Tracy McDew and you should vote for me because:
I am Accountable- I say what I mean and mean what I say.
I am Approachable- I am a call away; I can be reached by email and even in the store.
I am Assertive- I will get the job done to make sure that all of our children are the best in the country.
Ron Roach: Provide the teachers and all support personnel including bus drivers, lunchroom workers and custodians with a voice from someone with over 40 years experience in the classroom. Someone who can relate to their needs to maintain a high standard of morale. These are key ingredients that guarantee the best environment for student success.

One Community United’s school board forum.

The NAACP’s forum with City Commission candidates.

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