Voters head to the polls May 20 to nominate candidates in Republican and Democratic primaries who will meet in the general election in the fall and to choose officials in non-partisan races, such as judges.

In Buckhead, former state Rep. Ed Lindsey’s decision to run for U.S. Congress has opened up the District 54 seat in the state House of Representatives. Four Republicans – Beth Beskin, John J. McCloskey, Loretta A. Lepore and S. Angelic Moore – are competing for their party’s nomination. The winner will face Democrat Robert W. “Bob” Gibeling in the fall.

The redistricting of seats on the Fulton County Commission also means Buckhead voters will choose a new commissioner from District 3. Bernard “Bernie” Tokarz, Lee Morris, Cory Ruth and Alexander Palacios are competing for the Republican nomination to the seat. No Democrat filed for the job, according to Fulton County sample ballots.

In the Democratic Primary, Commission Chairman John Eaves faces a challenge from fellow Commissioner Robb Pitts. The winner will meet Republican Earl Cooper in the fall.

If you aren’t sure which district you should vote in, go to: That website also will tell you where you vote and also can provide you with a printable sample ballot.

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.