Madison County voters can hear from candidates for local magistrate judge and the county school board Tuesday.
The Colbert Lions Club will host a “Meet the Candidates” forum for those running for office in Madison County Tuesday, May 13, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the old Colbert School where the Lions Club meets.
Refreshments will be served by the Lions Club. The public is invited to attend.
Two non-partisan races are being contested in the county in the May 20 non-partisan/party primary election.
David Patton and Greg Sartain are facing off for the magistrate judge’s seat. Long-time magistrate judge Harry Rice is retiring at the end of the year. Meanwhile, incumbent District 2 school board member Arlen Johnson is being challenged by Angie McGinnis.
While the election won’t take place until May 20, voters can now cast their ballots. And as of Wednesday morning, 263 county voters had taken advantage of early voting.
Advance voting started at the office of the Madison County Board of Elections and Registration April 28 and will continue Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through May 16 in the county registrar’s office. Citizens can also vote at the elections office on Saturday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those wishing to vote in that office during early voting or Saturday voting can enter the government complex in the back of the building at the door by the elections office.
There will be no early voting on May 19, the day before the election. On May 20, all of the county’s 11 voting precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The last day absentee ballots will be mailed out is May 16.
Two other county seats will be contested this year. Incumbent county commissioner Jim Escoe, a Republican, will be challenged for the District 5 seat by Democrat Clyde Verhine.
Long-time tax commissioner Louise Watson is resigning from her seat, effective May 31. A special, non-partisan election will be held Nov. 4 to determine who will serve the final two years of Watson’s four-year term. The position will be up for grabs in 2016 and will once again be determined by a partisan election.
Qualifying for the tax commissioner’s position has tentatively been set for Aug. 4-6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the county elections office. The qualifying fee is $1,491.65. Lamar Dalton recently announced his intent to seek the position.
For more information, call the elections office at 706-795-6335.