ALBANY -- Today begins a three-day qualifying period in which candidates who want to run for 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 who want to run for public office as a Democrat, qualifying will start at 9 a.m. today at the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers No. 2699 union hall on the 500 block of Cordele Road.
Those who want to qualify as Republicans should go to the Dougherty County Elections Office at 222 Pine Ave.
In Dougherty County, most of the incumbents expected to qualify for re-election this week are Democrats. Only one, 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 announced her plans 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 on the County Commission.
On the Dougherty County School Board, at-large board member Anita Williams-Brown is being challenged by Lane Price in the Democratic Primary on 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 is up for election, has decided not to seek a new four-year term. 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 attorney Christopher Warren are expected to vie for that judgship.
The only other candidate for local office with announced opposition is Coroner Emma Quimbley. Michael Fowler has announced he will run for the position.