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Qualifying closes, Tankersley, Parrish without opposition

Two of Bulloch County’s state representatives will serve another two-year term in the legislature without facing opposition in the Republican primary or the general election in November.

Two of Bulloch County’s state level elected officials  will serve another two-year term in the legislature without facing opposition in the Republican primary or the general election in November.


State Representatives Jan Tankersley of Brooklet and Butch Parrish, who serves several counties, both qualified to serve again this week. Joining them without a challenger is State Senator Jack Hill. Tankersley will have a Democrat opponent come November.

House Majority Leader Jon Burns, however, has drawn limited government conservative challenger Daniel Almond.

Jan Tankersley was elected in 2010, Parrish in 1985, Burns in 2005 and Senator Hill in 1991.

All four incumbents voted in favor of 2015’s transportation tax increase, which increased the state excise tax for gasoline. The bill, which is expected to generate nearly a billion dollars in new revenue annually for road and bridge maintenance, has drawn staunch criticism and over a dozen incumbents from around the state have drawn primary opponents on the issue alone.

The primary election is May 24th.

Jessica Szilagyi is a former Statewide Contributor for AllOnGeorgia.com.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Major For House

    April 10, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Just wanted to clarify: Jan Tankersly is being challenged by James Major Woodall in November. He qualified to run as the Democratic candidate for District 160.

    • Jane

      April 11, 2016 at 8:01 pm

      This is a bad headline and should be corrected. Even though the article notes that Tankersley has opposition in November, the headline and beginning of the article makes it sound like she has no opposition. And the opposition is not mentioned by name. It’s James “Major” Woodall. The article also does not note that these candidates voted FOR the campus carry bill, which is opposed by campus security forces and board of regents and all University presidents. They also voted FOR the bill recently vetoed by Govenor Deal that was basically a discrimination bill labeled as a “religious liberty” bill.

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