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March 4, 2014

Qualifying for elections continues

MILLEDGEVILLE —

Only one local candidate qualified Tuesday in for the nonpartisan election.

Gloria Wicker, incumbent to the Baldwin County Board of Education District 1 seat, qualified for re-election. Incumbent Wes Cummings qualified to run for the District 5 seat on the school board Monday.

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

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

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 and 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 W.B. “Burt” Jones qualified for the Georgia Senate District 25 seat Monday. State Rep. E. Culver “Rusty” Kidd of District 145 also qualified Monday for re-election. Neither candidates had opposition to qualify by press time Tuesday.

Donna H. Sheldon, Gary Gerrard, I.K. “Kenneth” Dious, Jody B. Hice, M.A. “Mike” Collins, S. Mitchell Swan and Stephen K. Simpson have qualified for the U.S. 10th District Congressional seat. Incumbent Paul Collins Broun did not qualify as he seeks the U.S. senate seat, which he qualified for Monday. Broun is opposed by challengers Branko “Dr. Rad” Radulovacki, J.H. “Jack” Kingston, John Phillip “Phil” Gingrey, Karen C. Handel and Todd Anthony Robinson.

Qualifying for nonpartisan state offices is 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, superintendent of elections, at 478-445-4807, or visit the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.ga.gov.

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