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March 4, 2014

Candidates qualify for nonpartisan races

MILLEDGEVILLE — Three Milledgeville residents qualified for nonpartisan elections as the qualifying period opened Monday morning.

Incumbent Wes Cummings qualified to run for the District 5 seat on the Board of Education Monday.

Baldwin County State Court Judge incumbent Alan Thrower and challenger Carl Cansino also filed notice of their candidacy to run for the post.

Incumbent Gloria Wicker of District 1 had not qualified as of press time Monday.

In the partisan race, incumbent Maxine Blackwell did not qualify to run for solicitor general by press time Monday.

The general election, separate from primary, will go on the ballet May 20.

The qualifying fee for solicitor general is $3,088; state court judge is $1,508; and school board districts are $108 each.

Candidates interested in qualifying for nonpartisan local offices can do so at the Baldwin County Courthouse from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Thursday. The qualifying period closes at noon Friday.

Candidates qualifying for non-partisan parties can go to the probate court in room 109, and in the hearing room 104 for partisan offices.

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.

In Atlanta, incumbent Burt Jones qualified for the Georgia Senate District 25 seat Monday. State Rep. Rusty Kidd of District 145 also qualified Monday for re-election. Both candidates did not have opposition by press time Monday.

Newcomers Donna Sheldon and Gary Gerrard qualified for the U.S. 10th District Congressional seat. Incumbent Paul Broun did not qualify as he seeks the U.S. senate seat, which he qualified for Monday.

Qualifying for nonpartisan state offices are being conducted at the State Elections Division offices in Atlanta and Tifton. Qualifying for political parties for state offices will be conducted at the state capitol.

For more information on local qualifying, call Judge Todd Blackwell at 478-445-4807, or visit the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.ga.gov.

 

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