VALDOSTA — This is the last few days for early voting in the special election for District 175 Statehouse seat.

Voting will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Friday, Feb. 9, at the Lowndes County Board of Elections Office, 2904 N. Oak St. Gov. Nathan Deal set the election for Tuesday, Feb. 13, after former representative Amy Carter resigned.

The election includes all of Brooks County and parts of Lowndes and Thomas counties. 

There are five western precincts of Lowndes County eligible to vote in the election. More than 14,000 people live in the five precincts, and as of Saturday, Feb. 3, only about 3 percent had voted early, Lowndes Elections Supervisor Deb Cox said.

"It's been about average for a special election," Cox said. "We, of course, hope for more people to turn out on election day, but this is around what we expected."

Anyone in need of a ride to the elections office should call the Republican Party, (229) 560-2764, or the Democratic Party, (229) 241-1694 or (229) 630-8486.

Voters have a choice of four candidates. They are:

• Treva Gear, Democrat, Valdosta, educator.

• John LaHood, Republican, Valdosta, business owner.

• Bruce Phelps, Republican, Lowndes County, who lists his occupation as emergency medical technician.

• Coy Reaves, Republican, Quitman, self-employed.

The winner will complete Carter’s unfinished term.

For more information about the candidates, The Valdosta Daily Times presented a profile on each candidate called 'Meet the District 175 candidates.' The profiles are still available for review at

Thomas Lynn is a government and education reporter for The Valdosta Daily Times. He can be reached at (229)244-3400 ext. 1256

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