Qualifying coming up for May primary
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February 27, 2014 04:00 AM | 2509 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CANTON — Qualifying kicks off Monday for the May 20 primary election for multiple Cherokee County seats and all of the county’s delegates in the Georgia General Assembly.

Candidates for the opening partisan and non-partisan seats can throw their names in the hat from 9 a.m. Monday until noon Friday, according to the Cherokee County Elections Office.

Cherokee County’s Republican and Democratic parties will qualify candidates for partisan races for the county school board, the board of commissioners and the office of the solicitor general at the conference center at the Bluffs. Any independent candidates for those jobs can qualify at the Cherokee County Elections Office.

State House and Senate candidates will sign up at the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office in Atlanta, as will candidates for Cherokee Superior Court judge.

The winners of Republican or Democratic nominations will go on to compete in the November general election. Winners of the non-partisan elections, however, will be chosen in the May 20 race.

On the local level, three jobs are coming up for election on the Cherokee Board of Commissioners, including the seats now held by Commission Chairman Buzz Ahrens and commissioners Harry Johnston and Jason Nelms. Ahrens, a Republican, is seeking re-election but faces a challenge from former Holly Springs City Councilwoman and fellow Republican Jackie Archer.

Johnston and Nelms, also Republicans, have not formally announced whether they are running again to the Cherokee Tribune, nor have any opponents.

Those wanting to run for the Board of Commissioners Chairman seat will have to pay a $1,140 fee. The regular commission seats carry a $900 qualifying fee.

Four seats, also partisan, are coming up for grabs on the Cherokee County Board of Education, though only one incumbent has announced his intention to seek re-election.

Board members Rob Usher of District 5, Michael Geist of District 3 and Robert Wofford of District 6 have announced they won’t seek re-election. District 4 board member Rick Steiner has announced he will seek re-election and so far hasn’t been challenged.

The seats of the retiring board members, though, already have candidates.

Woodstock resident John Harmon has announced he is going after Geist’s seat.

Woodstock resident Clark Menard has announced his candidacy for Usher’s seat.

Former school board member Mike Chapman and Canton resident Susie Tlacil are planning to square off to replace Wofford, who has endorsed Chapman.

Qualifying for the school board costs $216. All those who have announced their candidacy plan to run as Republicans.

One of the county’s State Court judge seats now held by State Court Judge Alan Jordan is also coming up for election. Qualifying for that non-partisan election will cost $3,942.08 and will be at the Cherokee County Elections Office.

Cherokee’s Superior Court judge seat now held by Chief Superior Court Judge Jackson Harris will be up for election. Also a non-partisan race, qualifying for that seat costs $3,607.56 and is held at the Secretary of State’s Office in Atlanta.

The partisan seat of Cherokee Solicitor General now held by Solicitor General Jessica Moss is also up for election. Qualifying for that seat will be held by the parties at the Bluffs and costs $3,769.01.

In addition to the local positions, all of Cherokee County’s state representatives and senators are up for re-election, as they are required to run every two years. Qualifying for those seats costs $400.

Qualifying information by office:

• Board of Commissioners Chairman (partisan): $1,140, held at Cherokee Conference Center at the Bluffs;

• Board of Commissioners members (partisan): $ 900, held at Cherokee Conference Center at the Bluffs;

• School Board members (partisan): $216, held at Cherokee Conference Center at the Bluffs;

• Cherokee County Solicitor General (partisan): $3,769.01, held at Cherokee Conference Center at the Bluffs;

• Judge of the State Court (non-partisan): $3,942.08, held at Cherokee Elections Office;

• Superior Court Judge (non-partisan): $3,607.56, held at Georgia Secretary of State’s Office; and

• State representative/senator (partisan): $400, held at Georgia Secretary of State’s Office.

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