Retired educator Penny Mills and contractor Mark Thomas filed for the Republican primary for Post 1 on the Oconee County Board of Commissioners today, seeking to replace retiring Commissioner Jim Luke.
Mark Saxon, Post 4 commissioner, also filed today to run for reelection in the May 24 Republican primary. Saxon is retired from the U.S. Army.
John Daniell, Post 2 commissioner, filed on Tuesday to run in the Republican primary for the Board of Commissioners Chair position. Incumbent Chair Melvin Davis has announced he plans to retire.
Qualifying for the May 24 primary elections continues through noon on Friday.
Monday And Tuesday
Dale Rogers yesterday qualified to run for Coroner. Incumbent Ed Carson qualified Monday, and the two will face off in the Republican primary on May 24.
On Monday, Sen. Bill Cowsert, Rep. Regina Quick and Rep. Chuck Williams, the county’s representatives in the General Assembly, qualified for the May 24 primary. So far, no one has qualified to run against them. All are Republicans.
The county’s four constitutional officers, Sheriff Scott Berry, Superior Court Clerk Angela Elder-Johnson, Probate Court Judge David Anglin, and Tax Commissioner Jennifer Riddle, also qualified for reelection on Monday. Anglin’s race is nonpartisan, but the other three will run as Republicans.
So far, only Sheriff Scott Berry among the four has opposition. Kevin "Chappy" Hynes, former chaplain to the University of Georgia football team, qualified Monday to run against Berry in the May Republican primary.
Incumbent Board of Education Chair Tom Odom also qualified on Monday for the May Republican primary.
BOE And BOC Replacements
The terms of BOE Post 4 member Tim Burgess and Post 5 member Wayne Bagley also expire, though neither has filed for reelection so far.
Thomas also is a member of the Board of Education and had to resign that spot when he qualified for the BOC Post 1 position.
The BOE can appoint his replacement.
Oconee County will need a special election in November to fill Daniell’s term. He had to resign his current post as soon as he qualified for the chair position.
Mills And Thomas
Mills is the former executive dean of the Oconee County campus of Gainesville State College, now the University of North Georgia. She was a professor of political science and earned her doctorate at the University of Arizona.
Mills is a member of the county’s Library Advisory Board and was a member of the county’s Planning Commission.
In addition to being on the Board of Education, Thomas also is member of the Oconee County Industrial Development Authority.
Thomas is owner of Mark Thomas Enterprises Inc, a grading and electrical contracting firm, and of Hot Thomas BBQ. He has a degree in agricultural engineering from the University of Georgia.