Candidates start qualifying today

The Augusta campaign season began officially today as qualifying opened at 8:30 a.m. at the Richmond County Board of Elections office in the first floor of the Municipal Building.

First in line was Bill Lockett, who will run to fill the City Commission seat of Calvin Holland, who said Saturday he would not seek re-election.

Patsy Scott, widow of school board member Joe Scott, qualified to seek her late husband's seat. Aishia Leverett also qualified for the same school board post.

Marshal Steve Smith, who has no announced opposition, qualified to retain his long-held post.

District 9 Commissioner J.R. Hatney, who also has no announced competition, paid his qualifying fee today. Soon before the office closed at 4:30 p.m., Matt Aitken qualified to run for District 1, where incumbent Betty Beard has said she will not seek re-election.

Running for commission costs $360. The fee for the school board seat is $100, and for the marshal’s office, $2,660.75.

The qualifying period will run all week, each day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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