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Seven qualify for election so far
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Seven people qualified for Bryan County’s general primary election so far this week.

County constitutional officers Sheriff Clyde Smith, Clerk of Superior Court Rebecca Crowe, Probate Court Judge Sam Davis and Tax Commissioner Debbie Newman, Davis said. State Court Solicitor Ray Smith also qualified to run for another term.

Charlie Johnson qualified for the Board of Education District 3 seat and Carrol Ann Coleman qualified for vice chairman. Coleman has previously served as the board chairman. Dennis Seger (for District 2), Jeff Morton (for vice chair) and Charles Blakewood (for District 3) have also declared their intent to run. Commission Chairman Jimmy Burnsed and Commissioner Glen Willard have declared their intent to run again.

The qualifying period is open until Friday, May 2 at noon. Republicans may qualify at the Sellstate Coastal Realty, located at 9390 Ford Avenue, Suite 4, in Richmond Hill. Democrats may qualify at the Bryan County Probate Court office, located at 151 S. College Street in Pembroke. For more information, call Davis at 653-3856 or Karen Hewitt, chairman of the Bryan County Republican Party, at 459-1200.

If you plan on running for a countywide seat and want to announce your candidacy, contact reporter Jessica Holthaus at 756-2849 or

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