Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Oconee County Elections Board Calls For Special Election To Fill Commission Vacancy

***One Candidate Already Announced***

The Oconee County Board of Elections and Registration on Tuesday officially approved a call for a special election to fill the Post 3 vacancy on the Board of Commissioners.

The election will be held in November without a primary, meaning that qualified candidates will have the chance to pick a party label, and more than one candidate can run with the same label.

One candidate already has announced for the opening, created when William “Bubber” Wilkes passed away on March 21.

Amrey Harden, former president and CEO of Oconee State Bank, announced on April 1 that he intends to run as a Republican for the position.

Harden was a candidate for chair of the Oconee County Republican Party in March of 2019 but withdrew in favor of current chair Steven Strickland.

Harden, 1100 Briar Lake Court, off Mars Hill Road, was mayor of Watkinsville from January of 1976 through December of 1981.

Board Meeting

Fran Leathers, director of Elections and Registration for Oconee County and chair of the Board of Elections and Registration, was the only Board member physically present at the meeting.

Leathers 4/7/2020

Board members Ken Davis, Doug Hammond, Jay Hanley, and Kirk Shook were connected via telephone.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the public was not invited to the meeting, which was streamed on Facebook.

The single item on the agenda, other than approval of the minutes of the last meeting, was approval of the call for a special election.

The Board unanimously approved the motion to call the election in conjunction with the General Election on Nov. 3.

Qualifying will be from Aug. 17 to 19 at the Board of Elections and Registration Office opposite the Courthouse in Watkinsville.

The qualifying fee was announced as $638.58.


The video below was captured from the Facebook live stream.

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