Qual­i­fy­ing re-opens for Aragon

Rockmart elec­tion called off with only in­cum­bents on the bal­lot for 2015

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Changes to lo­cal elec­tions have come about for the Novem­ber bal­lot fol­low­ing the qual­i­fy­ing ses­sion the first week of Septem­ber.

Those in­clude a new qual­i­fy­ing ses­sion for an open Aragon seat, and no mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions for the City of Rockmart.

Polk County Di­rec­tor of Elec­tions Karen Garmon ex­plained that be­cause no one qual­i­fied for the seat be­ing left open by Hunter Spinks in Aragon, a sec­ond round of qual­i­fy­ing

will be opened just for that seat.

Judge Michael Mur­phy signed the or­der Wed­nes­day for the qual­i­fy­ing to re-open, Garmon said.

That ses­sion will take place from Mon­day, Sept. 21 through Wed­nes­day, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 21 and 22, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 23.

Pa­per­work and a $36 qual­i­fy­ing fee will be re­quired for can­di­dates who wish to run for the seat.

For more in­for­ma­tion about qual­i­fy­ing for the Aragon City Coun­cil, call the Polk County Board of Elec­tions at 770-7492103.

Should Aragon only re­ceive one can­di­date dur­ing the qual­i­fy­ing ses­sion, they will only hold an elec­tion for the city’s Sun­day al­co­hol sales ref­er­en­dum on the Novem­ber bal­lot.

Mean­while, Rockmart res­i­dents won’t have to go to the polls this year for their mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions.

Be­cause in­cum­bent can­di­dates Steve Miller for Mayor and James Payne for Ward 2 and Rick Stone for Ward 5 will re­main on the city coun­cil, Garmon said the elec­tion has been can­celed. All three can­di­dates will re­tain their seats un­op­posed when their new terms be­gin on Jan. 1, 2016.

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