The passing of Labor Day officially opens the fall season, bringing another year of football, foliage change and - of course - elections.
Qualifying for this fall's Augusta Commission elections begins Monday at 8:30 a.m. and runs through Friday at 4:30 p.m. at the Augusta-Richmond County Board of Elections office in the Municipal Building. There is a $360 qualifying fee for all races.
Five commissioners - those in the odd-numbered districts - face re-election this year. The incumbents are: District 1, Lee Beard; District 3, Rob Zetterberg; District 5, Henry Brigham, and District 7, Jerry Brigham.
The super-district 9 seat, currently held by Willie Mays, will also be up for a vote in November. The super-district is comprised of districts 1, 2, 4 and 5.
L.A. Williams - who is on leave from his fire department job as a fire inspector - announced his candidacy for the District 3 seat last month. Former Recreation and Parks Director Tommy Boyles is expected to announce his candidacy Monday for the District 7 seat.
Qualifying also opens Monday for city elections in Blythe and Hephzibah.
All seats in the Blythe government - the mayor and four city council positions - will be up for a vote this year. Qualifying runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Qualifying fees are $14.40 for the council seats and $108 for the mayor's seat.
In Hephzibah, qualifying for three citywide city commission seats begins 8:30 a.m. Monday and runs through 12:30 p.m. Friday. The qualifying fee is $35.