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Local offices in play in coming elections

The presidential race isn’t the only political contest to be decided this year. Local elections will soon be heating up as the qualifying dates approach.

In addition to all of the U.S. House and state legislative seats being up for re-election in partisan contests, a number of other offices will be decided in elections this July and November.

Non-partisan elections and party primaries will be held July 31, with runoff elections taking place Aug. 21. The general election will be held Nov. 6.

In Butts County, several county commission, school board and judicial seats will be decided. Election Director Avery Smith said qualifying for local offices will be held May 23, 24 and 25 at the Butts County Administration Building. She said the parties will qualify their candidates in partisan elections, while the elections office will qualify candidates in non-partisan races.

Butts County commissioners run in partisan elections, and three seats will be up in this cycle, the District 1 seat held currently by G.S. “Gator” Hodges, the District 2 seat held by Robert L. Henderson, Sr., and the District 5 seat held by Roger McDaniel, who is also the chairman.

The non-partisan Board of Education seats up for election this year are the District 3 and 4 seats, held by Johnny Morris and Clifford Marshall, respectively.

The positions of sheriff, superior court clerk, tax commissioner, coroner and county surveyor are also up for election this year in partisan contests. The partisan office of District Attorney for the Towaliga Judicial Circuit will also be up for election this year.

The Superior Court Judgeship currently held by Bill Fears will be up in a non-partisan election to be decided July 31.

Other non-partisan local races will include probate judge and magistrate judge, according to election officials.

The qualifying fees were set for local office by county commissioners earlier this year. They are as follows: Commissioner-$270, School Board-$144, Sheriff-$1,780, Clerk of Court-$1,492, Probate Judge-$1,492, Tax Commissioner-$1,492, Magistrate Judge-$1,492, Coroner-$108, County Surveyor-$108.

The qualifying fees are set at 3 percent of the annual base salary of the office.

Qualifying at the Administration Building at 625 West Third Street in Jackson will be May 23 and 24 from 9 a.m., until 5 p.m., and May 25 from 9 a.m., until 12 p.m. Those seeking state office, such as state representative or senator, district attorney or superior court judge, will qualify elsewhere.

For more information, call the Butts County Elections Office at (770) 775-8202.