Qualifying begins Monday for city seats
by Jessicah Peters
August 24, 2014 12:35 AM | 2229 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Candidates ready to throw their hats in the ring in several city and special elections will have their chance this week.

Monday kicks off the qualifying for the Nov. 4 elections for council seats in Canton, Holly Springs and Ball Ground.

Candidates for the Cherokee County School Board District 1 seat on the ballot for a special election Nov. 4 will begin qualifying Wednesday.

The city of Canton will hold a special election for the Ward 3 seat left vacant when Glen Cummins resigned to become the city manager. Candidates will need to qualify with City Clerk Susan Stanton from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. The cost to qualify is $63.

In order to qualify, the person must be at least 21 years old; a registered city voter; and a resident of the ward they wish to represent for at least six months prior to the election, Stanton said.

While qualifying will not begin until Monday, downtown Canton businessman Farris Yawn has already indicated his plans to run for the Ward 3 council seat, which will not be a full term.

“Normally, all elected offices of council are four year terms, however, this special election is being held to fill the Ward 3 council seat vacated by Mr. Cummins. The term of this office is the remainder of that unexpired term and will end upon the swearing in of any new council members in January 2016,” Stanton said.

For further information regarding qualification, contact Stanton at (770) 704-1507 or email at susans@canton-georgia.com.

Two Holly Springs City Council seats are up for election since terms for council members Dee Phillips of Ward 2 and Kyle Whitaker of Ward 1 will expire Dec. 31.

Those interested in running have a week to qualify. Qualifying for the seats will begin Monday at 8:30 a.m. and end Friday at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall, according to City Clerk Karen Norred.

“The city of Holly Springs is divided into five geographic wards, which are elected at-large by majority vote. Candidates must reside in the ward you are running for when you qualify as a candidate,” Norred said. “Each shall continue to reside in such ward during such member’s period of service and continue to be registered and eligible to vote in municipal elections of the city.”

In the city of Ball Ground, terms for Post 1 Council member Andrenia Stoner, Post 2 Council member Lee Prettyman and Post 3 Council member Frank Homiller are up for the November election.

Qualifying will open at 9 a.m. Monday and close at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Candidates will file their qualification document with City Clerk Karen Jordan. The non-refundable qualifying fee is $35.

Candidates must be a resident of the city of Ball Ground for 12 months immediately preceding the election, and must be registered to vote in Ball Ground’s city elections.

Should a runoff election be required, it will be Dec. 2. For more information about qualifying, call Jordan at (770) 735-2123 or email kjordan@cityofballground.com.

School board election

Qualifying for the Cherokee County Board of Education District 1 seat will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the county’s Board of Elections office, according to interim Board of Elections Supervisor Kim Stancil. Those interested can qualify from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and from 9 a.m. to noon Friday.

Interim school board member Kyla Cromer said in May she planned to run in the special election Nov. 4. Cromer was appointed to the board after former school board member Kelly Marlow Trim resigned after a felony conviction for lying to police.

Cromer will be listed as an incumbent on the ballot, the elections supervisor said.

To be qualified to serve as a board member, a person must be a Georgia citizen, a resident of the school district, at least 21 years old and of good moral character. The fee is $216.

For more information on qualifying for the school board, contact Stancil at kstancil@cherokeega.com.

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