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Purcell, Tyler still on campaign trail
Special election to be held today for District 159 seat
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District 159 precincts


1A Zion Lutheran Social Hall    121 Noel C. Conaway Rd.
1B Powers Baptist Church    1104 Highway 80 W. -  Eden
1C Meldrim Baptist Church    229 Ohoopee Ave.
1D Faulkville Baptist Church    144 Zeigler Rd.
1E Church of Christ    1952 Noel C. Conaway Rd.
2B Pineora Baptist Church    131 Elkins St.              
2C Grace Community Church    1094 Goshen Rd.
2D Goshen Road Baptist Church    1323 Goshen Rd.
4B Rincon Church of God Family Life Center
    3430 Highway 21 S
5A United Way    711 Zitterour Rd
5B Rincon Baptist Temple    305 Wisenbaker Rd.
5C First Christian Church    5835 Highway 21 S
5D St. Luke’s Episcopal Church    155 Goshen Rd

Precinct 2B has voters in both 157 House District and 159 House District, so not all voters registered to vote in 2B will be included in this election.

Precinct 5A is now located at the United Way Building at 711 Zitterour Rd.  instead of the Lions Club Building at 1002 Lexington Ave.

Voters who are registered to vote in the municipal election to be held in Rincon must also vote at their city precinct on Nov. 3. The precincts listed above will be for the House District 159 Special Election only.  

As voters in part of Effingham and Chatham counties head to the polls today to determine the next person to hold the state House District 159 seat, its two contestants are upbeat about their chances.

Ann Purcell, a former longtime state legislator, and newcomer Jesse Tyler are vying for the post, which is open after Buddy Carter stepped down to seek the vacated state Senate seat of Eric Johnson.

It’s been five years since Purcell has been on the stump looking for votes, but she said she’s enjoyed her time meeting the district’s constituents.

“It’s been nice to get back out these last 40 days,” she said Monday morning. “It’s been a way to meet the newcomers and to reconnect with old friends. I’m excited about the opportunity to run and to let the voters choose me to be their voice in the Georgia House.”

Tyler, a former field representative for ex-Congressman Max Burns, isn’t dismayed by going up against a veteran candidate. He estimated that Purcell has outspent him 30 to 1 in the campaign.

“I’m cautiously optimistic,” he said Monday afternoon. “I’ve got a lot of people knocking on doors. I feel good. I know people are ready for a change on the national level, so we’ll see.”

Purcell has been an at-large member of the state Technical College System board and has stressed education during her campaign. She also has been pushing for the Effingham Parkway and for continued economic development of west Chatham and Effingham.

“It’s the same issue-related items that are important to our citizens,” she said. “I have kept my focus on the issues I have brought forth. We have not let up any. It hasn’t been any different. We have not taken this election lightly.”

Though Georgia Right to Life endorsed Tyler, Purcell also has touted her pro-life stance. She said she opposes abortion but believes consideration must be given in cases of rape or incest.