Sarah Bell today filed to run for the Post 4 position on the Oconee County Board of Commissioners, joining incumbent Mark Saxon in the contest for that sport.
Saxon qualified on Wednesday, as did Penny Mills and Mark Thomas, both seeking to fill the Post 1 position left vacant by the retirement of Commissioner Jim Luke.
Incumbent Board of Education Chair Tom Odom filed for reelection on Monday, the first day of qualifications. Odom, as Chair, holds Post 1 on the BOE.
John Daniell qualified to run for the Chair of the Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. Incumbent Chair Melvin Davis has said he plans to retire.
All candidates who have filed in Oconee County to date will be running as Republicans in the May 24 primary.
Qualifications continue through noon tomorrow.
Bell, Burgess and Bagley
Bell lists her occupation as consultant. She holds a doctorate from the University of Georgia and formerly has taught English at what is now the University of North Georgia Oconee County campus.
Bell challenged Luke four years ago and Davis in 2008. She also ran for Georgia House of Representatives. She long has been a leader of the Oconee County Republican Party and active in county government issues. She frequently shoots video that I use on this blog.
Burgess is a retired from the University of Georgia as senior vice president for finance and administration and chief financial officer. He was appointed to the Board of Education to fill a vacancy in 2014.
Bagley was appointed to the Post 5 position in 2010 and was elected to that post in 2012. He is vice president of development for Lassiter Properties Inc. of Atlanta.
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, who lists his occupation as chaplain, qualified Monday to run against Berry in the May Republican primary.
Incumbent Ed Carson and Dale Rogers have qualified to run for Coroner, and the two will face off in the Republican primary on May 24.
Daniell had to resign his position as Post 2 Commissioner when he qualified for the BOC Chair race. Post 2 will be filled through a special election in November.
Thomas, who has held Post 2 on the BOE, also had to resign when he qualified for the BOC Post 1 election.
The enabling legislation for the Oconee County BOE dictates that the Board itself fills vacancies.
Thomas sent me his picture before he qualified yesterday, but I did not use it in yesterday’s blog post because I had not been able to obtain a picture from Mills.
I obtained a picture from Mills via The Oconee Enterprise today. (I replaced that pictured with one directly from Mills on 3/11/2016.)