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15 August 2008

Calvin Smyre's Still the Favorite, But He's Got Opposition

Calvin Smyre, the former state Democratic Party chair who's served in the Georgia House of Represenatives for over three decades, has a challenger in his re-election bid this November.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that 31 year old Columbus-resident Zeph Baker was certified by the Secretary of State's office as an independent candidate for state House district 132.

[Zaph]Baker...had until July 8 to submit the signatures of 860 registered voters from House District 132 to run for the office. Matt Carrothers of the secretary of state's office said Baker provided 990 names certified by the office.

While he is already on the campaign trail meeting voters, Baker is quick to note that he's not running against Smyre, who has held the seat for 33 years. "I'm running for the seat for state House District 132," he said. "I feel strongly that I'm not running against anybody."

"I think new vision, new ideas and energy will lift us," Baker said.
[Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, "Baker on ballot as independent", August 15, 2008]

While no one expects Calvin Smyre to face any difficulties in his re-election campaign, it is still impressive that Zaph Baker collected enough signatures to get his name on the ballot.

The question now, of course, is whether those 990 people who signed his nominating petition will turn out and vote for Baker in the November General Election.