Lakeland and Hahira will be two proverbial battlegrounds in the race to claim Georgia House District 176 seat in November.
In the month of August, the Valdosta educator has continued to tour the district and listen to constituents in regard to their concerns that range from education to health care.
Hahira is only 10 minutes from Valdosta, but a quarter of the Georgia House District 176 voting precincts in Lowndes County are located in either Hahira or Naylor.
One precinct in Hahira located at the Newsome Street Church has approximately 2,500 registered voters.
Overall, Lowndes County currently has 13,064 registered voters who are currently eligible to cast a ballot in the GA-176 race.
Tann is scheduled to attend Hahira’s bi-monthly Third Thursday event which will take place on August 19th from 5-8pm with a back-to-school, farewell-to-summer ice cream social.
Tann’s opponent will be Republican Jason Shaw who defeated Aleta Larger in the July 20th primary. In Lanier County, Shaw collected 497 votes to Larger’s 149.
For Shaw, Lakeland is his hometown and he is the son of Jay Shaw, who had represented GA-176 since the 1990’s until stepping down earlier this year.
Tann didn’t have a Democrat challenger, but collected 261 votes in Lanier County on July 20th.
Lanier has only three voting precincts: Lakeland, Stockton and Sirmans. Lakeland is the largest precinct with 3,153 registered voters. Overall, the county has a little over 4,000 registered voters.
Lanier County’s economy is mainly rural, but the educational, health, and social service are the three largest sectors.
Lakeland is home to the Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge, an area that encompasses 4,049 acres in Lanier County.
The refuge was established in 1985 for the protection and conservation of this land along with migratory and resident wildlife.An estimated 20,000 people visit the refuge each year. The Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge is run completely by the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.