Can­di­date qual­i­fy­ing com­ing soon for mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions

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Mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions are just over the hori­zon for Cedar­town, Rock­mart and Aragon, and those in­ter­ested in run­ning for po­si­tions will need to get their pa­per­work to­gether to file in a few weeks.

So far, only for­mer Rock­mart Coun­cil Mem­ber Sher­man Ross has ex­pressed an in­ter­est in run­ning for the mayor’s seat in the up­com­ing elec­tion, and re­signed from his seat on the city coun­cil as of Au­gust 1. He’ll be run­ning to fill the seat be­ing left va­cated at year’s end by Mayor Steve Miller.

Ross de­clared his in­ten­tions ear­lier in the year after Miller — who served two terms in the seat — an­nounced he was re­tir­ing at the end of 2018 when his time ex­pired.

Ross’s 4th Ward seat will also be on the bal­lot this year for Rock­mart vot­ers to de­cide who will fill the now-open seat in a spe­cial elec­tion in Novem­ber. The bal­lot will also in­clude 2nd and 5th Ward seats held by James Payne and Rick Stone.

Stone said he does plan to re­tain his seat in the fifth ward.

“There’s some things I’d like to see com­pleted,” Stone said. “Ob­vi­ously we’re go­ing to have a new mayor this year. We also an­tic­i­pate at some point in the near fu­ture that we might have to fill key po­si­tions within the city ad­min­is­tra­tion. We’re go­ing to have some ma­jor changes and I’d like to see them through. Also, I have some things I’ve got go­ing on that I’d like to see con­tinue, and fin­ish some projects — one in par­tic­u­lar I’d like to see con­tinue go­ing.”

He added that “I would like to con­tinue to be a con­ser­va­tive voice for the cit­i­zens of the City

of Rock­mart. I love the City of Rock­mart, and the small town at­mos­phere that we all love and en­joy to­gether.”

Fees to run for the coun­cil seats are $144, and the mayor’s race is $108. Qual­i­fy­ing for the City of Rock­mart be­gins with the Au­gust 19 open­ing date dur­ing reg­u­lar of­fice hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon­day through Thurs­day, and wraps up at 12 p.m. on Fri­day, Au­gust 23.

Ad­di­tional pa­per­work requiremen­ts for run­ning for ei­ther of th­ese seats in Rock­mart, or in Cedar­town and Aragon can be learned about by call­ing the Board of Elec­tions of­fice at 770-749-2103.

The Cedar­town mu­nic­i­pal race this year in­cludes the seats held by City Com­mis­sion­ers Dale Tuck and An­drew Carter.

Carter said he will seek a sec­ond term in of­fice as a city

com­mis­sioner when qual­i­fy­ing be­gins on Au­gust 19.

“I feel that we have made tremen­dous progress in our city over the past sev­eral years. How­ever, I feel like there’s still more to be done,” Carter said. “I feel like we have a great team in place to help guide us in the right di­rec­tion. I hope con­tinue to rep­re­sent our res­i­dents for an­other 4 year term as city com­mis­sioner.”

Tuck also plans to run for a new term to re­tain her seat.

“I am very op­ti­mistic about the fu­ture of the City of Cedar­town,” Tuck said “I hope that our cit­i­zens will al­low me the priv­i­lege of con­tin­u­ing to serve them to the best of my abil­i­ties.”

Cedar­town’s qual­i­fy­ing pe­riod ends on Au­gust 21 at 12 p.m. Fees are $54 to run for the seat.

In City of Aragon po­si­tions on the bal­lot in Novem­ber, two coun­cil seats held by Judd Fee and Debbie Pittman are to be de­cided upon plus the forth­com­ing

mayor’s race for the seat cur­rently held by Garry Bald­win.

The pe­riod to qual­ify and pay fees to run on the coun­cil or for mayor runs from Au­gust 19 through Au­gust 23 on the same sched­ule as the City of Rock­mart’s qual­i­fy­ing pe­riod.

Fees are $72 to run for mayor, and $36 to run for coun­cil.

Can­di­dates for of­fice also rely on vot­ers to choose their names when the polls open in Novem­ber. Which means that those who want to take part in the com­ing elec­tion and aren’t al­ready reg­is­tered need to do so be­fore an Oc­to­ber 7 dead­line. Those who haven’t reg­is­tered to vote and need as­sis­tance can con­tact the Board of Elec­tions for help, or go on­line to https://reg­is­ter­tovote.sos.ga.gov/GAOLVR/wel­come.do#no-back-but­ton.

Ad­vanced vot­ing will be­gin on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 15 fol­low­ing the Colum­bus Day hol­i­day, and con­tinue

on week­days through Fri­day, Novem­ber 1.

Elec­tions Di­rec­tor Lee Ann Ge­orge said no ma­jor changes are ex­pected for the com­ing vot­ing pe­riod, with one ex­cep­tion: no Satur­day vot­ing this round. She said that Satur­day vot­ing days are re­served for midterm and pres­i­den­tial elec­tion years.

The fi­nal week of early vot­ing will also see a lo­ca­tion open for Rock­mart vot­ers at the Nathan Dean Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, lo­cated at 604 Goodyear St., Rock­mart from Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 28 through Fri­day, Novem­ber 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Early vot­ing will con­tinue through the full three weeks of the pe­riod at the Board of Elec­tions of­fice in Cedar­town within the County Ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing, lo­cated at 144 West Ave. Ab­sen­tee bal­lots can also be ob­tained by con­tact­ing the Board of Elec­tions at their num­ber above.

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