Early voting for the Watkinsville election ends Friday at the Elections Office.

Voting on Election Day Tuesday, Nov. 5 will occur only at City Hall, as the county annex precinct has been eliminated. 

Watkinsville is the only municipality in Oconee County holding an election. Mayoral candidates are incumbent Mayor Dave Shearon and challenger Bob Smith. 

Council Post 2 candidates are incumbent Connie Massey and challenger Jon Kirkpatrick. Elected terms are two years, and the winners will take office in January. Council Post 1 incumbent Brian Brodrick is running unopposed. 

The so-called “Brunch Bill” will appear on the ballot as a referendum. Voters will be asked whether Watkinsville restaurants can serve alcohol at 11 a.m. on Sundays. Currently, the earliest time that restaurants can serve alcohol on Sundays is 12:30 p.m. On all other days, it’s 11 a.m. Massey was the sole dissenter when the council previously voted to put the issue on the ballot. If the referendum passes, the Watkinsville City Council will still need to adopt it as a formal policy. 

For more on this story, see the Oct. 31 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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