Candidates line up to seek office
BY CHRIS BRIDGES
Qualifying for candidates in Banks County concluded Friday at noon and several races were set. Some incumbents, including county board of commission chairman Gene Hart and sheriff Charles Chapman, have drawn challengers in the July primary.
Other incumbents will face opposition in the November general election when a large turnout is predicted because of the 2008 presidential election.
Those qualifying locally during last week’s qualifying period included:
•Gene Hart, incumbent, Republican.
•Milton Dalton, Republican.
•Charles Chapman, incumbent, Republican.
•Carlton Speed, sheriff, Republican.
•Margaret H. Ausburn, incumbent, Democrat.
•Becky Taylor, Republican.
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•Neal Brown, incumbent, Republican.
•John (David) Kennedy, Democrat.
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•John Williams, incumbent, Republican.
•David W. Martin, Republican.
Those candidates to qualify with no opposition include the following:
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•Ron Gardiner, incumbent, Democrat.
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•Tim Harper, clerk of courts, Democrat.
•Henry Galloway, Republican.
•Tim Lewallen, Republican.
STATE, NATIONAL OFFICES
Qualifying to represent Banks County at the state and national level include:
U.S. Congress, Dist. 10:
•Paul Broun, incumbent, Republican.
•Barry Fleming, Republican.
•Bobby Saxon, Democrat.
State Senate, Dist. 50:
•Nancy Schaefer, incumbent, Republican.
•Jim Butterworth, Republican.
•Terry Rogers, Republican.
State Rep., Dist. 28:
•Jeanette Jamieson, incumbent, Democrat.
•Michael Harden, Republican.