Tuesday, March 05, 2024

Only One Additional Candidate Qualified To Run For Office On Tuesday at Oconee County Election Office

***Rep. Houston Gaines Qualified In Atlanta***

Watkinsville Post 3 Council Member Brett Thomas was the only candidate to qualify at the Oconee County Office of Elections and Registration on Tuesday, the second day of qualifying.

Thomas joined Watkinsville Post 4 Council Member Christine Tucker, who qualified on Monday. Qualifying also is underway for Post 5, currently held by Jeff Campbell, but no one has qualified so far.

Qualification for the three Watkinsville Council seats is being held in conjunction with qualification for the May 21 Primary and Non-Partisan Election. The Watkinsville Council election won’t be on the ballot until Nov. 5.

Thirteen candidates had qualified at the Oconee County Office of Elections and Registration on Monday.

Georgia House District 120 Rep. Houston Gaines qualified on Tuesday at the Georgia Secretary of State Office to run in the Republican Primary on May 21.

On Monday, Rep. Marcus Wiedower qualified to run in the Republican Primary for House District 121, as did John Michael Grigsby.

Western Judicial Circuit District Attorney Deborah Gonzalez qualified to run in the Democratic Primary on Monday, and Superior Court Judges H. Patrick Haggard and Lawton Evans Stephens qualified to run in the non-partisan judicial election on May 21.

Turnout in Oconee County for early in-person voting for the Presidential Primary was the highest so far on Tuesday, with 339 persons casting a ballot.

Recap Of Qualification, Early Voting

Constitutional Officers Sheriff James Albert Hale Jr., Clerk of Superior Court Angela Elder-Johnson, and Tax Commissioner Jennifer T. Riddle completed the paperwork on Monday to qualify in the Republican Primary.

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The fourth Constitutional Officer, Probate Court Judge Michael David Hunsinger, qualified on Monday to run on the nonpartisan judicial ballot.

Ed Carson, the incumbent Coroner, qualified to run as a Republican.

Board of Commissioners Chair John E. Daniell, Post 1 Commissioner Mark H. Thomas, and Post 4 Commissioner Mark T. Saxon also all qualified on Monday to run for re-election in the Republican Primary.

Incumbent Post 5 Board of Education Member Michael Ransom qualified for the Post 1 (Chair) position on the Board, Brock Toole qualified for Post 5 on the Board, and both Andrew Pippin and Russell Toms qualified for Post 4. All are running as Republicans.

Post 1, Post 4, and Post 5 have no incumbents, as Post 1 Board Chair Kim Argo and Post 4 Board Member Tim Burgess chose not to seek re-election, and Ransom switched from his Post 5 position to run for Post 1.

To date, only 6.1 percent of the county’s 32,969 eligible voters have cast a ballot in-person or via a returned mail ballot in the Presidential Primary.

Early in-person voting continues from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday at the County Administrative Building, 7635 Macon Highway, north of Watkinsville, and qualifying continues at that same location from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday.

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