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Candidates vying for Walker County commissioner seat

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Voters flocked to precincts to cast their ballot in Georgia's primary election. 

Candidates spent the day outside precincts vying for every last vote, including two republican candidates for Walker county Commissioner. 

Both believe the county's finances are a problem and a fresh perspective is needed to turn things around. 

Michael Peardon has owned a local construction business for 20 years. He believes that experience coupled with time spent in the military makes him perfect for the seat. 

"With a lot of dilapidated homes and things that we have here, what I know, I can share as a commissioner and I can help raise our tax base," Peardon said. 

Shannon Whitfield, President and CFO of Whitfield Oil Company, believes his experience and civic duties give him what it takes to make Walker County a better place. 

"I've got a written plan to address this problem to be able to cut spending by over a million dollars without cutting services," Whitfield said. 

The winner of Tuesday's primary will take on incumbent Bebe Heiskell in November's general election. 

She's held the sole commissioner's seat for the last 15 years. 

Heiskell tells Channel 3, while this isn't the first time she's faced opposition, she's looking forward to November's race and believes she will hold onto the seat for another term. 

Polls close at 7:00 Tuesday night. You can still vote if you're in line after 7 p.m. 

Stay with Channel 3 for results.

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