A challenger and five incumbents, including Bryan County School Board Chairman Eddie Warren, were the first to qualify to run for local office in the November 2014 general elections.
Warren and incumbent BoE member David Schwartz (Dist. 5) qualified Monday as Republicans. So did incumbent county commissioners Jimmy Henderson (Dist. 5), Carter Infinger (Dist. 4) and Wade Price (Dist. 2).
And former District 5 commissioner Rick Gardner will try to regain the seat he lost in 2010 to Henderson after he qualified Monday as a Republican.
No Democrats had qualified through Tuesday, according to county officials. In all, there are seven posts coming up for election in November, among them seats held by District 1 representative Paine Bacon and District 4 representative Marianne Smith.
Neither has announced whether they will seek re-election. Potential candidates have until noon Friday to qualify.
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.
Read full story in March 5 issue of the Bryan County News.