Qualifying for July, November elections starts Wednesday

Candidate qualifying in Augusta for the July 31 general primary and nonpartisan Nov. 6 elections, with the exception of Augusta Commission and Richmond County school board, begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday and ends at noon Friday.


Candidates for the partisan races of sheriff, coroner, clerk of Superior Court, tax commissioner, probate judge, solicitor general and chief and presiding judges of Civil and Magistrate court qualify with Democratic or Republican party officials at their Augusta offices.

Richmond County Democratic Party Chairman Lowell Greenbaum said he is preparing for a rush of candidates to sign affidavits and affirm their allegiance to party principles when the doors open Wednesday at Democratic Party Headquarters, 1101 Greene St.

At least six candidates have stated an interest in becoming Richmond County Sheriff, including four who say they’ll run as Democrats: Scott Peebles, John Ivey, Robert Silas, and Richard Roundtree.

Two others, Freddie Sanders and Michael Godowns, say they plan to run for sheriff as Republicans.

Republican candidates will qualify at the 505 Courthouse Lane office of Sherry Barnes. Barnes, the Richmond County Republican Party’s representative on the Board of Elections, said she expects four Augusta candidates to qualify in her office during the period.

Candidate qualifying fees range from $1,950 to run for coroner to $4,221.23 to run for one of two nonpartisan State Court judgeships.

“The proof is when they go down there and lay the money on the table,” Richmond County Republican Party Chairman Bob Finnegan said. “Then you know they’re serious.”

Local nonpartisan positions, including the state court judgeships and Richmond County marshal, qualify at the Board of Elections office, 530 Greene St.

Candidate qualifying for five nonpartisan Augusta Circuit Superior Court judgeships takes place at the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office in Atlanta. Qualifying for the partisan Augusta Circuit district attorney and six Augusta legislative seats is with state party officials. The qualifying takes place during the same period starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Candidate qualifying for five Augusta Commission and five Richmond County school board posts, originally slated for this week, was postponed last week to an unspecified later date by U.S. District Judge Randal Hall.

Hall is presiding over a federal lawsuit filed after local elected officials were unable to agree on new commission and school board district lines and is drafting an interim map to be used for 2012 elections.



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