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Qualifying period for state, county offices starts today

Most of the incumbants qualifying locally are Democrats, leaving only 1 Republican.

— Wednesday begins a three-day qualifying period in which candidates who want to run for some state or county offices put pen to paper and shell out cash to officially be placed on the primary or general election ballots.

For those wishing to run for public office as a Democrat, qualifying will start at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers number 2699 union hall on the 500 block of Cordele Road.

Those wishing to qualify as Republicans, should qualify in person at the Dougherty County Elections Office at 222 Pine Avenue.

In Dougherty County, most of the incumbents set to qualify for reelection today, Thursday or Friday are Democrats with only one incumbent, District 1 County Commissioner Lamar Hudgins, running as a Republican.

Up for re-election on the County Commission are Hudgins and Gloria Gaines. County Commissioner Muarlean Edwards has publicly announced her plans to qualify to run against State Rep. Carol Fullerton for the newly-designated District 153 seat, and will leave her county post when her term expires in December.

No one has announced plans to seek Edwards' seat at the County Commission.

On the Dougherty County School Board, at-large Board Member Anita Williams-Brown is being challenged by Lane Price who will challenge her in the Democratic primary July 31. Also up for re-election on the school board are Chairman James Bush and Board Member Velvet Riggins.

David Maschke, the lone Republican on the school board whose seat would be up for re-election this election cycle, has decided not to run again. Robert Youngblood, a former school principal, will run for that seat as a Democrat, according to his campaign officials.

With the retirement of State Court Judge John Salter, Magistrate Victoria Darisaw and lawyer Christopher Warren will fight over who gets his seat on the bench.

The only other candidate for local office with opposition currently is Coroner Emma Quimbley. Michael Fowler has announced his plans to run against her for the position.