MILLEDGEVILLE — More candidates qualified for a seat within municipal office Tuesday as the qualifying period continued into its second day.
As of press time Tuesday, Milledgeville City Council incumbent Richard Mullins of District 5 qualified for reelection, as did incumbent Mayor Richard Bentley.
Georgia Military College Board of Trustees incumbents Al Martinez Jr. of District 6 and George Hogan Sr. of District 5 also stopped by City Hall to qualify for another term.
Incumbent Randall A. “Randy” New qualified for the GMC Board of Trustees District 2 seat Monday, as did Calvin Hill for District 6 on the GMC board.
Andrew Ross Sheppard qualified for the District 2 seat on Milledgeville City Council Monday. The seat is presently held by Jeanette Walden. Walden also qualified to seek reelection to another term.
Milledgeville City Council incumbent Dr. Collinda Lee of District 1 also qualified for reelection.
Newcomer Phillip Smith qualified for the District 3 Council seat. The seat is currently held by Denese Shinholster. As of press time Tuesday, Shinholster had not qualified.
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. each day this week. 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 Georgia Military College 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. Councilman Phillip Joiner announced last month that he will not seek a second term.
For more information on qualifying, call Rushin 478-414-4006, email email@example.com, or visit the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.ga.gov.