Candidates can qualify at the Office of Elections and Registration, Room 110 in the Spalding County Courthouse Annex, 119 E. Solomon St., from 8 a.m. to noon today for both partisan positions and nonpartisan positions. Candidates for sheriff, clerk of Superior Court, tax commissioner, coroner and county commissioner must qualify with the political party of their choice and nonpartisan candidates, those for the Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education, State Court judge, chief magistrate judge and Probate Court judge, will qualify with Election Supervisor Terry Colling.
On Thursday, the following candidates filed paperwork and paid the qualifying fees: Marcia Norris, Republican, the incumbent clerk of Superior Court; Bart Miller Jr., Republican, for the District 4 Spalding County Board of Commissioners seat; and Gwen Flowers-Taylor, Democrat, incumbent District 1 county commissioner.
They join the 13 who qualified Wednesday, including incumbents Coroner Sonny Foster, Republican; Tax Commissioner Sylvia Hollums, Republican; District 4 County Commissioner Eddie Freeman, Republican; Chief Magistrate Judge Rita Cavanaugh; State Court Judge Sidney Esary; Board of Education District 2 incumbent James R. Westbury Jr.; and Board of Education District 4 incumbent Barbara Jo Cook.
Also qualifying Wednesday were Michael Renew, Republican, and Gregory E. McClarin, Democrat, for County Commission District 3; Jan Hunt, Kaye Landrum Norris and Cary Pope for Probate Court judge; and Edith Ray, Republican, for clerk of Superior Court.
For the July 31 election, voters will be asked to select candidates for the following countywide posts – sheriff, clerk of Superior Court, tax commissioner, coroner, State Court judge, chief magistrate judge and Probate Court judge. By district, voters will also get to select county commissioners in districts 1, 3 and 4, and school board members in districts 2 and 4.
Voters have until July 2 to register to vote in the July 31 election and a runoff, if needed, on Aug. 21.