The 2010 election season is nearly upon us. Will commissioners John Pethel, Mike Youngblood and Bruce Scogin seek re-election? Will there be any challengers for the BOC District 2, 3 and 5 seats?

Those questions will be answered later this month when qualifying for local offices is held. County commissioners agreed prior to the 2008 election to stagger terms for the BOC. So, seats 2, 3 and 5 up for election again after only two years. The chairman’s seat and the district 1 and 4 posts won’t be up for election again until 2012.

Those interested in running for a BOC seat can qualify for the July 20 General Primary Election between 9 a.m. Monday, April 26, and noon Friday, April 30.

The Madison County Republican Party will hold candidate qualifying beginning Monday April 26, at 9 a.m. through Friday, April 30, noon at Chamber of Commerce Building, 101 Courthouse Square, Danielsville, GA 30633.

Qualifying will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. On Friday, qualifying will run from 9 a.m. and close at noon. Candidates should contact Bruce Azevedo at 706-296-3834 for appointment date and time.

Those interested in qualifying for the BOC race as a Democrat can qualify at the county government complex Wednesday, April 28, and Friday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to noon. Candidates should contact Bob Fowler at 706-245-6875 for appointment date and time.

Non-Partisan Qualifying

Apart from the three BOC posts up for election, county school board seats in districts one and two, as well as the magistrate judge’s seat, are up for grabs. But those are non partisan posts.

Qualifying for non-partisan offices will open at 9 a.m., Monday, June 28, and close at noon Thursday, July 1. Non-partisan positions will appear on the Nov. 2 General Election ballot. These candidates will qualify in the office of the election superintendent at the Madison County Government Complex.

Qualifying Fees

Qualifying fees are as follows: Judge of Magistrate Court, $1,491.65; Board of Commission seats (Districts 2, 3 and 5) $216; Board of Education seats (Districts 1 and 2), $80.22.

Contact the Election Superintendent office if you need further information at 706-795-6365.

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