Four Republican candidates qualified today for Columbia County Commission seats.
Commission Chairman Ron Cross qualified this morning along with his challenger, retired Appling businessman Brett McGuire.
Also qualifying were incumbent Ron Thigpen for District 1 and Harlem resident David Payne for District 4.
Payne, a retired truck driver, will challenge Commissioner Scott Dean, who is expected to qualify at noon Tuesday, said county Republican Party Interim Chairwoman Pat Goodwin.
Dean defeated Payne in a 2008 special election the fill the seat left vacant by Lee Anderson when he ran for a state House seat.
McGuire previously ran for state Senate and House seats, but lost both races. This is his first attempt at campaigning for a county post.
A phone message left this afternoon at the Columbia County Democratic Party headquarters was not immediately returned.
Noon Friday is the deadline to qualify for the July 20 primary.
Reach Donnie Fetter at (706) 868-1222, ext. 115,