Qualifying ends with surprises

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Augusta-area attorney Willie Saunders did not qualify to run for district attorney, which hands the election to interim DA Ashley Wright.

His missing the deadline was among some surprises on the final day of qualifying for local, state and federal elections.

Jimmie Lee Sullivan showed up at Richmond County Democratic headquarters at the 11th hour Friday to qualify to run for sheriff without required certified documents. He had his high-school diploma, as required by law, but it had not been certified, according to party Chairman Lowell Greenbaum.

Mr. Saunders, 38, said Friday afternoon that he arrived at the secretary of state's office with his cashier's check but missed the noon deadline by five minutes.

He had been delayed from making the trip to Atlanta earlier in the week because of a death in the family.

Mr. Saunders worked at the district attorney's office for eight years and went into private practice in 2003. He was appointed a part-time juvenile court judge in January 2007.

Ms. Wright, who the governor picked last month to fill the district attorney's office vacated by Daniel Craig's appointment to the Superior Court bench, qualified to run as the Republican candidate earlier this week.

No one qualified to run in the election as a Democrat, according to the secretary of state's Web page.

Ms. Wright, 40, has worked at the office for nearly 12 years. It is responsible for prosecuting felony offenses and other duties in Richmond, Columbia and Burke counties.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.

WHO QUALIFIED FOR THE ELECTIONS?


Candidates for Richmond County and Columbia County local and state offices, and candidates for the 10th and 12th congressional districts:

10TH DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL:


Incumbent Paul Broun, R, Athens


Barry Fleming, R, Harlem


Bobby Saxon, D, Nicholson


12TH DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL:


Incumbent John Barrow, D, Savannah


Regina D. Thomas, D, Savannah


Ben Crystal, R, Savannah


Ray McKinney, R, Rincon


John Stone, R, Augusta


DISTRICT 22 STATE SENATE:


Incumbent Ed Tarver, D


Marion Williams, D, Augusta


John Butler, R, Augusta


DISTRICT 23 STATE SENATE:


Incumbent J.B. Powell, D, Blythe


Napoleon Jenkins, R, Tennile


DISTRICT 24 STATE SENATE:


Incumbent Bill Jackson, R, Appling


DISTRICT 117 STATE REPRESENTATIVE:


Lee Anderson, R, Grovetown


Brett McGuire, R, Appling


DISTRICT 118 STATE REPRESENTATIVE:


Incumbent Ben Harbin, R, Evans


Lee Benedict, R, Augusta


DISTRICT 119 STATE REPRESENTATIVE:


Incumbent Barbara Sims, R, Augusta


DISTRICT 120 STATE REPRESENTATIVE:


Incumbent Quincy Murphy, D, Augusta


DISTRICT 121 STATE REPRESENTATIVE:


Incumbent Wayne Howard, D, Augusta


DISTRICT 122 STATE REPRESENTATIVE:


Incumbent Hardie Davis, D, Augusta


DISTRICT 123 STATE REPRESENTATIVE:


Incumbent Gloria Frazier, D, Hephzibah


A.K. Hasan, D, Hephzibah


DISTRICT 124 STATE REPRESENTATIVE:


Incumbent Helen "Sistie" Hudson, D, Sparta


Scott Nutial, R, Thomson


DISTRICT ATTORNEY, AUGUSTA CIRCUIT:


Incumbent Ashley Wright, R, Augusta




RICHMOND COUNTY

SHERIFF:


Incumbent Ronald Strength, D


CLERK OF COURT:


Incumbent Elaine Johnson, D


CHIEF JUDGE OF CIVIL AND MAGISTRATE COURT:


Incumbent William D. Jennings III, D


PRESIDING JUDGE OF CIVIL AND MAGISTRATE COURT:


Incumbent H. Scott Allen, D


PROBATE COURT:


Incumbent Isaac Jolles


TAX COMMISSIONER:


Tommy Boyles, D


Steven Kendrick, D


Sanford Loyd, D


CORONER:


Incumbent Grover Tuten


STATE COURT SOLICITOR:


Incumbent Harold V. Jones II




COLUMBIA COUNTY

SHERIFF:


Incumbent Clay Whittle, R


CHIEF MAGISTRATE:


Incumbent Wade Padgett, R


CORONER:


Incumbent Vernon Collins, R


CLERK OF COURT:


Incumbent Cindy Mason, R


PROBATE JUDGE:


Incumbent Pat Hardaway, R


TAX COMMISSIONER:


Incumbent Kay Allen


COLUMBIA COUNTY COMMISSION:


District 2


Trey Allen, R


District 3:


Charles Allen, R


Deanne Hall, R


District 4:


Scott Dean, R


David Payne, R


Harlem Mayor:


Bobby Culpepper


Grovetown City Council:


Barry Davis


Theopolis Knight

-- Compiled by Staff Writers Sylvia Cooper and Donnie Fetter and Morris News Service reports

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pofwe
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pofwe 05/03/08 - 05:56 am
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Run A.K., run!

Run A.K., run!

JimCox
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JimCox 05/03/08 - 07:21 am
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Interesting how no

Interesting how no Republicans filed in Richmond County for local races and no Dems filed in Columbia County. Looks like the white flags have been waved by parties in both counties.

scooter32
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scooter32 05/03/08 - 10:15 am
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To pofwe, I agree with

To pofwe,
I agree with you A.K. Hasan needs to be ran out of Augusta. Now that his real estate is not profiting, he thinks that he should run for State Rrepresentative in District 123. He'll never get there if I have to vote for him. He's just looking to keep some income coming in for him. He's all washed up now. No one wants him to represent nothing!

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Brad Owens 05/03/08 - 04:06 pm
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I see that in the 22nd State

I see that in the 22nd State Senate Seat that the Republicans have John Butler in the race. I guess that they needed to hedge their bets huh? I mean if Senator Tarver should lose the race Marion Williams would be the State Rep with no challenge. Now under usual ballots a Republican would have little change of winning this seat but IF the conservatice choice doesn't win a coalition may be made to try to put together all the votes against Marion on the independent and democratic side with the votes for the Republican side already in the district and try to win. Its all a vast rightwing conspracy!!!

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quickfeet 05/09/08 - 03:35 pm
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