Monday, August 17, 2020

Two Candidates File For Oconee County Commission Slot; Four File For Watkinsville Council

***District Attorney Race Has Three Candidates***

Two candidates filed on Monday as Republicans in the first day of qualifying for the special election on Nov. 3 to fill Post 3 on the Oconee County Board of Commissioners.

Amrey Harden, who had announced his plans to run for the open spot, filed, as did Aaron Nowak, a newcomer who had not previously indicated his plans to seek the open slot in the non-primaried special election on Nov. 3.

Incumbent Christine Tucker qualified for Post 4 on Watkinsville City Council, but incumbents Marci Campbell in Post 3 and Dan Matthews in Post 5 did not file their paperwork by the end of the day on Monday.

Jeff Campbell, Marci Campbell’s husband, and Brett Thomas filed for Post 3, and Carolyn Maultsby filed for Post 5.

Qualifying continues through 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Last week, three candidates qualified for the special election for District Attorney for the Western Judicial Circuit, Deborah Gonzales, Brian Patterson and James Chafin.

Gonzalez and Chafin are from Athens-Clarke County, while Patterson is from Oconee County.

Paperwork Filed

Harden, 66, of 1100 Briar Lakes Court, off Mars Hill Road, lists his occupation as retired. He is former president of Oconee State Bank. He says he has lived in Oconee County his entire life.

Nowak, 36, of 1191 Daandra Drive, also off Mars Hill Road, lists his occupation as investment banker. He has lived in Georgia and Oconee County for two years.


Candidates pick their own party label in the special election to fill the vacant slot previously occupied by William “Bubber” Wilkes, who passed away earlier this year.

The Watkinsville Council races are nonpartisan.

Jeff Campbell, 50, of 39 South Main Street, lists his occupation as sales. He has lived in Georgia for 24 years, Oconee County for 18 years, and Watkinsville for 12 years.

Thomas, 38, of 1161 Christian Terrace, listed his occupation as Georgia Army National Guard. He has lived in Georgia his whole life, in Oconee County for 29 years, and in Watkinsville for five years, according to his Notice of Candidacy.

Tucker, 46, of 51 South Barnett Shoals Road, lists her occupation as realtor. She has lived in Georgia for 38 years and Oconee County and Watkinsville for eight years.

Maultsby, 55, of 1050 Taylors Drive, lists her occupation as bookkeeper/small business owner. She has lived in Georgia, Oconee County and Watkinsville for 23 years, according to her paperwork.

District Attorney Race

Candidates for the special election for District Attorney filed their paperwork last week at the Secretary of State Office in Atlanta.

Gonzalez listed her address as 337 South Milledge Avenue, Suite 104, in Athens-Clarke County. She listed her occupation as attorney.

Patterson did not list an address, but he lives 1021 Spring Valley Way in the west of Oconee County, according to county voter registration records. He lists his occupation as acting district attorney--Western Judicial Circuit.

Chafin, lists his address with an Athens Postal Box. He lists his occupation as attorney.

Both Gonzalez and Patterson are running as Democrats, while Chafin is running without a party label.

The non-primaried special election resulted when Ken Mauldin, a Democrat, stepped down as district attorney at the end of February.

Gov. Brian Kemp tried to block the election, which ultimately was mandated by a federal court ruling.

The Western Judicial Circuit is made up of Clarke and Oconee counties.

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