Change is afoot on the Barrow County Board of Education.
The qualifying period for candidates in the May 20 primaries ended at noon today, and eight Republicans and two Democrats qualified as candidates to run for seats on the BOE.
Getting the most attention this time is the at-large District 7 seat of Dan Cromer. The former school superintendent decided not to seek re-election, and three Republicans are seeking the party’s nomination in the upcoming primary. They include Suzanne Angle, Charles Chase III, and Diane Loomis.
The winner in that primary contest will face Democrat Usia Lyons in November’s general election.
Two Republicans — Blake Foster and Debi Krause — also qualified to oppose the re-election of longtime District 1 BOE incumbent Randall Holland. That race's primary winner will face Democrat Betty Kinney in November.
Two Republicans qualified to run in the primary against District 4 BOE incumbent Will Dunn. They are Michael Shelley and Rhonda Black.
And on Friday morning, DuWayne Anderson qualified to run against BOE chairman Mark Still for his at-large District 9 seat.
So at the end of five days of candidate qualifying, the only incumbent without opposition was Connie Wehunt, who represents District 3. Since no Democrats qualified as candidates in District 3, Wehunt will walk into another term in January.
The Barrow County Board of Commissioners races attracted less attention from challengers.
District 4 incumbent Isaiah Berry is the only one facing primary opposition. He is being challenged by Scott Hang.
But District 5 Commissioner Billy Parks and District 6 Commissioner Ben Hendrix have no challengers.
In addition, all four members of Barrow’s legislative delegation can breathe easy for another two years. None of them — Rep. Terry England, Rep. Regina Quick, Rep. Tom Kirby or Sen. Frank Ginn — is facing opposition.