Dougherty qualifying fees set; Volunteers needed

ALBANY -- Seven government officials, three school board members and four county commissioners are up for reelection this year, officials say.

The qualification fees for the offices have also been set, Dougherty County Elections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson says.

To run for county commission chairman -- a post currently held by Jeff "Bodine" Sinyard -- the fee is $324.

To challenge any of the three county commissioners up for reelection -- District Two Commissioner John Hayes, District Four Commissioner Chuck Lingle or District Six Commissioner Jack Stone -- the fee is $288.

And if anyone should challenge the school board members -- District Two Member Milton "June Bug" Griffin, District Four Member Emily Jean McAfee or District Six Member Michael Windom -- the fees are $90.

Nickerson also said that the elections bureau needs volunteers to man their polling stations throughout the county -- a position that will require a small amount of training Nickerson said.

This year there are statewide and local congressional races in addition to the local elections.

Governor, Attorney General, State Insurance Commissioner, State School Superintendent and State Agriculture Commissioner are all up for grabs.

U.S. Representative Sanford Bishop is also being challenged for his congressional seat.

If anyone is interested in volunteering or has questions about the local races, call the elections office at 431-3247.