2 more qualify for Dean seat

5 will seek District 4 commision post

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On the last day of qualifying, two more candidates stepped forward to challenge for Columbia County’s District 4 commission seat.

Vernon Thomas Sr. and Eric Crawford both qualified today before the noon deadline.

Thomas, of Appling, previously has run four times for the commission. Crawford, of Grovetown, is a newcomer to political campaigns.

Both men are black, so this election marks the first time since Thomas ran against former Commissioner Diane Ford in 1992 that black candidates have sought a commission seat.

They and three others will vie to replace former Commissioner Scott Dean during a March 15 special election.

Harlem resident David Payne qualified Tuesday to make a third run for the office. Qualifying on Monday were former state Sen. Joey Brush and retired Columbia County school system assistant superintendent Bill Morris.

With five candidates competing for a single seat, the election likely will result in a runoff. The top two vote-getters might face off on April 12.

Advance voting for that election will be held March 7-11 at the county Board of Elections office, 500 Faircloth Drive, Building E, Evans.

Dean vacated his commission seat on Feb. 2 following a grand jury indictment on two counts of child molestation. The indictment accuses him of having inappropriate contact with one of the five children he and his wife, Renee, adopted from Guatemala in 2008.

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Emerydan 02/16/11 - 02:45 pm
This is good to hear. We know

This is good to hear. We know that race did not seem to be a big issue in the Dist 1 race in Augusta.. as a white candidate won easily in a predominately African-American district.. so maybe race won't be an issue in who gets elected to this district in Columbia County.

Chillen 02/16/11 - 03:20 pm
District 4 residents. Please

District 4 residents. Please please please elect someone with some fiscal sanity! Our current commissioners seem to be missing the gene. (I point all interested readers to the article about the commissioners GIVING a business $50,000 for their project). It's all who you know I guess. Good Old Boy Network. Backwards county......

Riverman1 02/16/11 - 04:31 pm
Joey Brush is one of

Joey Brush is one of five....again. Good luck to Mr. Morris.

easy breezy
easy breezy 02/16/11 - 05:58 pm
The two newer candidates will

The two newer candidates will need to do a lot of campaining since there isn't much time. With 5 people running, I am sure there will be a run-off. Please...people get out and vote. We need a good solid person in this district no mater what his color is!!

Indigo 02/16/11 - 09:34 pm
Please don't let SMILIN JOEY

Please don't let SMILIN JOEY back in office!

Asitisinaug 02/16/11 - 10:11 pm
You could not ask for a more

You could not ask for a more fiscally responsible, trustworthy, honest and down to earth caring person the Bill Morris. He has served this communtiy as a teacher, administrator and associate superintendent. With Mr. Morris, there is no hidden agenda as he will work for all of the people to ensure the best for Columbia County.

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