Two running for Canton council seat; Ball Ground incumbents qualify to defend spots
by Jessicah Peters
August 27, 2014 12:30 AM | 2504 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As the first two days of qualifying wrapped up Tuesday, two candidates qualified to run for the Ward 3 Canton City Council seat in the city’s November special election.

Downtown Canton businessman Farris Yawn, 50, announced in July his intent to run for the seat left vacant by Glen Cummins, who stepped down to take the city manager position. Yawn officially qualified to run Monday, but will not run unopposed.

James Busi, 66, also qualified to run Monday. He is a retired civil engineer who has lived in Cherokee County for 14 years and in the Ward 3 area of Canton for 9 years, he said on the qualification form filed with City Clerk Susan Stanton.

Qualifying for the Canton seat will end at 4:30 p.m. today. Those interested in qualifying will need to file with Stanton before the deadline.

As of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, no one had qualified for the two Holly Springs City Council seats, which are currently held by Dee Phillips in Ward 2 and Kyle Whitaker in Ward 1, City Clerk Karen Norred said.

Qualifying for the Holly Springs election ends Friday at 4:30 p.m.

In the city of Ball Ground, all three incumbents qualified to defend their seats on the city council.

Post 1 Council member Andrenia Stoner, 75, Post 2 Council member Lee Prettyman, 71, and Post 3 Council member Frank Homiller, 52, all qualified Monday.

Candidates interested in running against the incumbents will need to file their qualification documents with City Clerk Karen Jordan before 4:30 p.m. today.

Should a runoff election be required, it will be Dec. 2, Jordan said.

Qualifying for the Cherokee County Board of Education District 1 seat started at 9 a.m. today. Those interested can qualify until 5 p.m. today, or from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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 Trim resigned after a felony conviction for lying to police. 

If Cromer qualifies this week to run in the November special election, she will be listed as an incumbent on the ballot, interim Board of Elections Supervisor Kim Stancil said.

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