At the end of the first day of qualifying for the special election to replace Columbia County Probate Judge Pat Hardaway, just one person threw her hat in the ring.
Interim Probate Judge Alice Padgett qualified this morning in the hope of removing the "interim" from her title.
However, qualifying continues Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. to noon, at the county Board of Elections office, 500 Faircloth Drive, Building E, Evans.
To qualify for the Sept. 20 special election, a candidate must be a U.S. citizen, Columbia County resident and registered voter, at least 30 years old, have no felony record, and be a practicing lawyer for the past seven years, said Board of Elections Director Deborah Marshall.
The qualifying fee is $2,173.02.
After serving 30 years as the county's probate judge, Hardaway, 75, died last month following an undisclosed illness.
The last day to register to vote in the election will be Aug. 22.
Advance voting in the special election will be held Sept. 12-16 at the Board of Elections office.
Reach Donnie Fetter at (706) 868-1222, ext. 115,