Friday, April 30, 2010

Four Candidates File on Last Day for Oconee County Elections

Democrat for 113th Too

Four candidates qualified for the July 20 Oconee County ballot–one as a Democrat–before the filing deadline at noon today, giving incumbent Board of Education member Mack Guest competition in the Republican primary and, should he win that race, again in November.

Incumbent Margaret Hale qualified for Post 3 on the Board of Commissioners, and Randell Keith Bradberry qualified for Post 2, meaning that the July 20 Republican primary ballot will have competition for both of the Board of Commissioners slots.

Mark Thomas qualified to run as a Republican for Post 2 of the BOE against Guest, while Carter Scott Strickland qualified to run as a Democrat for that post.

No one qualified to run against Kim Argo in the Republic primary for Post 3 on the Board of Education, and no Democrat filed for that office. The deadline for candidates to file as an independent is July 2.

Suzy Compere of Bostwick filed today to run as a Democrat in the 113th district of the Georgia House of Representatives, according to the Georgia Secretary of State web site. Rep. Bob Smith is stepping down from that position.

Republicans who previously qualified are Hank Huckaby, Tommy Malcolm and Kirk Shook. Huckaby abd Malcolm are from Oconee County.

No one has filed to run against Bill Cowsert, the incumbent Republican in the Senate 46th District. Cowsert is a Republican.

Tammy Gilland qualified to run for Post 3 on the Board of Commissioners earlier in the week, and incumbent Commissioner John Daniell qualified for Post 2. Guest and Argo also qualified earlier in the week.

The Oconee County Republican Executive Committee also filed six non-binding questions for the July 20 ballot, as is allowed by law.

The questions deal with election of local school board superintendents rather than appointment, placing sales tax on groceries, raising the tobacco tax, a constitutional amendment on health care, appointment of the state School Superintendent, Commissioner of Insurance, Commissioner of Agriculture and Commissioner of Labor, and use of sterile grass carp in Clark’s Hill Lake.

On her declaration of candidacy, Hale listed herself as an administrative specialist and her address as 1901 Salem road. Bradberry listed his occupation as banking and his address and a Bogart postal box.

Thomas listed his occupation as contractor and a Watkinsville postal box address. Strictland listed ihs occupation as a CEO of Our Varsity/Gridiron Sports and his address as 1271 Simonton drive in Watkinsville.

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