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Qualifying starts Monday
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Interested in running for local office?
Qualifying begins Monday and continues through noon Friday for seven offices up for grabs in November.
Four of the seats are on the school board, where Chairman Eddie Warren, District 1 representative Paine Bacon, District 4 representative Marianne Smith and District 5 representative David Schwartz are all up for re-election.
Three county commission seats will be on the ballot in November — the District 2 post held by Wade Price, the District 4 seat held by Carter Infinger and the District 5 post held by Jimmy Henderson.
So far, only Infinger has publicly announced his intent to seek re-election. Henderson has said he intends to run again, but has not announced. Additionally, no challengers have come forward.
The cost is $244 for the commission seats and $103.50 for the school board, according to Probate Clerk Cindy Reynolds, who will become the county’s election’s supervisor in July.
Reynolds said candidates interested in running as a Republicans should qualify through the Bryan County GOP, which is led by Russ Carpenter.
Carpenter said Republicans interested in running can qualify at the party’s temporary office at the Bryan County Administrative Complex, 66 Captain Matthew Freeman Drive in Richmond Hill.
Democrats should contact Probate Judge Sam Davis for more information.
Qualifying begins a process that includes primaries on May 20 and an additional qualifying period June 23-27 for independent candidates. Those who wish to run as a write-in candidate have until Sept. 2 to file their intentions.
Voters must be registered by April 21 to cast a ballot in the primaries and must declare a party when voting in the primary.

Full story in March 1 issue of Bryan County News. 

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