The Union Recorder

August 29, 2013

Low candidate turnout during qualifying period Thursday

Vaishali Patel
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — The qualifying period concludes Friday for interested candidates seeking a seat within municipal office.

As of press time Thursday, incumbent Doris Renfroe qualified for reelection to the Georgia Military College Board of Trustees District 3 seat.

Incumbent Denese Shinholster qualified for reelection to the council District 3 seat Wednesday. Newcomer Phillip Smith also qualified for the District 3 seat Monday.

Newcomer Andrew Strickland qualified for the Milledgeville City Council District 6 seat Wednesday. As of press time Thursday, incumbent to the council District 6 seat Steve Chambers did not qualify for reelection.

Newcomer Daniel McDonald also qualified Wednesday for the District 5 seat on the Milledgeville City Council, currently held by Richard Mullins. Mullins qualified for reelection Tuesday.

Incumbent Mayor Richard Bentley also qualified during the qualifying period Tuesday.

A new candidate for the Milledgeville City Council District 2 seat, Andrew Ross Sheppard qualified Monday. The seat is presently held by Jeanette Walden. Walden also qualified to seek reelection to another term.

GMC Board of Trustees incumbents Al Martinez Jr. of District 6 and George Hogan Sr. of District 5 stopped by City Hall to qualify for another term Tuesday. Newcomer Calvin Hill also qualified for the District 6 seat on the GMC board. 

The Rev. Tony Fraley qualified for the GMC Board of Trustees District 1 seat Wednesday morning. The seat is currently held by Carolyn Thomas. As of press time Thursday, Thomas and incumbent Thomas Davidson, Jr. of District 4 had not qualified for reelection to the GMC board.

Incumbent Randall A. “Randy” New qualified for the GMC Board of Trustees District 2 seat Monday.

Milledgeville City Council incumbent Dr. Collinda Lee of District 1 also qualified for reelection. 

As of press time Thursday, City Councilman Phillip Joiner of District 4 had not qualified. Joiner announced last month that he will not seek a second term in office. 

Candidates interested in qualifying for local offices within the city of Milledgeville can do so in the finance department at City Hall with Patti Rushin, municipal elections superintendent, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday. The qualifying period ends at 4:30 p.m. Friday for the Nov. 5 elections.

The qualifying fee for each of the six seats on City Council is $180 and $252 for mayor. There is no fee to qualify for the GMC Board of Trustees.

Eligible voters then have two weeks after the deadline for qualifying to file with the Rushin any written complaints about the qualifications of the individual running for office.

Candidates must bring a valid I.D. for notary purpose and the qualifying fee. A completed declaration of candidacy is suggested if a candidate is running as a political party candidate or the notice of candidacy if a candidate is qualifying for a nonpartisan office.

State law requires candidates for municipal office to be a registered voter, at least 21 years of age, and have lived in the city for at least 12 months.

Currently the District 1 Council seat is held by Dr. Collinda Lee; Jeanette Walden, District 2; Denese Shinholster, District 3; Phillip Joiner, District 4; Richard Mullins, District 5; and Steve Chambers, District 6.

The GMC Board of Trustees presently is represented by Carolyn Thomas for District 1; Randy New for District 2; Doris Renfroe for District 3; Thomas Davidson, Jr. for District 4; George Hogan, Sr. for District 5; and Al Martinez, Jr. for District 6.

For more information on qualifying, call Rushin 478-414-4006, email prushin@milledgevillega.us, or visit the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.ga.gov.

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