Qualifying begins Monday for the May 20 Democratic and Republican primaries.
The local races on the May 20 ballot will include the District 3 and 4 seats on the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, as well as the Post 2, 3, and 5 seats on the Jackson County Board of Education.
The BOC seats are currently held by Bruce Yates (District 3) and Dwain Smith (District 4). The BOE seats are held by Tim Brooks (Post 2), Celinda Wilson (Post 3); and Steve Bryant (Post 5).
The qualifying fee for the BOC seats will be $300. The qualifying fee for the BOE seats will be $36.
For Democrats, qualifying will open at 9 a.m. on Monday, March 3, and end at noon on Friday, March 7, at the voter registration office in the Administrative Building in Jefferson.
For Republicans, qualifying will also be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, but it takes place in the GOP’s “qualifying and campaign office” on the second floor of Higher Grounds Coffee, 6700 Hwy. 53, Braselton. Appointments will be accepted by calling chairman Ron Johnson (770-310-4515) or treasurer Larry Ewing at 706-362-1935.
Following the general primary elections, runoff elections will be held on Tuesday, July 22, followed by the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 4.
State races to be on the May 20 ballot include: governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, agriculture commissioner, insurance commissioner, state school superintendent, labor commissioner, Public Service Commission, State Senate and State House of Representatives. Qualifying for state offices will be conducted at the State Capitol, the exact location dependent upon the party of the candidate. The qualifying fee is $400 for persons qualifying to run for the Georgia State Senate or the Georgia House of Representatives.
National races on the ballot include: U.S. Senate and U.S. House.
Pendergrass is the only town in the county with an election planned this year. The city election will be on Nov. 4.