FORT VALLEY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - It may be a man versus woman race for House District 139, but the two candidates say this race isn'tabout black versus white.
"I'm not going to engage in race politics in anyway," says candidate, Thomas Coogle.
A political blog is stirring up controversy in this race. It targets candidate Patty James Bentley, and accuses her of using race as a way to win the seat.
"Well they're trying to present that it's about race, and it is not. it's not when it comes to Commissioner Bentley and Representative Lynmore James," says Bentley.
The blog is called "Peanut Politics." The writer, Keith MacCants is the campaign manager for Bentley's opponent Thomas Coogle.
"We do work together on the campaign, but Keith's opinions are his own," says Coogle.
In his latest opinion, MacCants takes a stab at Bentley's alleged campaign tactics. He says quote "the use of the Race card is now being thrown around in attempts to keep HD 139 "BLACK" or in Black Control."
At a news conference Monday afternoon, Bentley's claimed she's run a clean campaign based on the issues, and not on her skin color.
"I announced that I would be running a positive campaign... my friends I have remained true to my word," says Bentley.
MacCants says he regrets distracting voters from the real issues in this race, but claims his written word is true.
"If Ihad known it was going to do this then Iprobably wouldn't have written it, but like I said my blog is all factual based," says MacCants
Bentley and Coogle agree that one clear fact in this campaign is what the people need.
"Our campaign is about bringing jobs and industry back to this area to get people back on the right track," says Coogle.
They agree the people need a leader.
"I believe the people of House District 139 want someone who can really work for them," says Bentley.
The winner of run-off election will be decided on Tuesday, August 21st.