Getting ready for elections beginning later this year

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By Stephanie Johns

Staff Writer

Municipal voters have several decisions to make in the upcoming fall elections.

According to Deputy Registrar Sue DoorenBos, Bostwick residents will vote on a question about alcohol sales, Madison and Rutledge residents will vote for a mayor and two council members.

The terms are up for Madison Mayor Bruce Gilbert and Councilmen Michael Naples and Whitey Hunt as well as for Rutledge Mayor Spencer Knight and Councilmen James Bratcher and Bill Spann.

Bostwick Mayor John Bostwick said all of the positions in Bostwick are at-large positions, which means “everybody will be up for re-election on the council every four years.”

Morgan County Elections Superintendent Bobby Howington said that local candidates will qualify the last week of August: “It starts Aug. 26, closes by noon on the 30th.”

The Morgan County Board of Elections and Registration Office will oversee elections for Bostwick, Madison, and Rutledge this fall.

Howington added that Buckhead doesn’t have an intergovernmental agreement with the board to do its elections.

Looking to the future, DoorenBos said Morgan County residents will be able to vote for candidates in 2014 to fill a seat in the 10th Congressional District, the 112th House District, the 25th Senate District and a senator’s seat. U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss has said he will not run for re-election in 2014.

This has prompted U.S. Congressman Paul Broun of the 10th District to announce his candidacy for that seat.

Republican candidates for the 10th Congressional District include: Mike Collins, Jody Hice, State Rep. Donna Sheldon, Stephen Simpson, and Brian Slowinski.

Republican Doug Holt currently holds the 112th House District seat while Republican Burt Jones holds the 25th Senate District seat.

Patsy Harris, chairman of the 10th Congressional District for the Democratic Party of Georgia, said that their Candidate Recruitment Committee continues looking for “just the right candidate.”

“One by one we’re interviewing them,” she said, adding that she hopes other Democrats will step forward as well. “We hope by the end of summer it (the committee) will announce its choice.”

Also up for a vote in 2014: the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state school superintendent, agriculture, insurance, labor and public services commissioners, and the attorney general. On Tuesday, July 9, David Pennington, Mayor of Dalton, announced he would run for governor.

LOCAL POSITIONS UP IN 2013

Bostwick mayor and all council members

Madison mayor and two council members

Rutledge mayor and two council members

STATEWIDE POSTS UP IN 2014

10th Congressional District

112th House District

25th Senate District

U.S. Senate

Governor

Lieutenant Governor

Secretary of State

State School Superintendent

Agriculture Commissioner

Insurance Commissioner

Labor Commissioner

Public Services Commissioner

Attorney General

2013 and 2014 Election Calendars

2013

Qualifying period for candidates seeking local offices: Aug. 26-30

Special Election (to fill vacancies only): Sept. 17

Runoff Date: Oct. 15

General Election/ Special Election (to fill vacancies and propose questions): Nov. 5

Runoff Date: Dec. 3

2014

Qualifying period for candidates seeking federal offices: March 17-21

Federal Primary Election: June 3

Federal Primary Runoff Election: Aug. 5

Federal General Election: Nov. 4

Federal General Runoff Election: Jan. 6

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