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Troup County election qualifying for candidates set for March

By Tyler H. Jones

tjones@civitasmedia.com

Voters cast their ballots at the Hollis Hand Elementary School polling station on Country Club Road in November 2014. This year’s local elections include 14 offices ranging from judgeships to county commissioners and qualifying begins March 7.
http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_1104Voting1.jpgVoters cast their ballots at the Hollis Hand Elementary School polling station on Country Club Road in November 2014. This year’s local elections include 14 offices ranging from judgeships to county commissioners and qualifying begins March 7. File photo

LaGRANGE — Anyone interested in running for local office will have their opportunity to register March 7 to 11.

Potential candidates need to qualify at the Troup County Board of Elections and Registration, and in some cases, local party officials. They also will need to pay a qualifying fee and meet other conditions.

The following local offices are up for election later this year: clerk of superior court; sheriff; tax commissioner; coroner; solicitor; county commission seats in districts 2, 3 and 4; state court judge; probate judge and board of education seats in districts 2, 3, 5 and 6.

Only judges and board of education seats are nonpartisan.

For every office, the following conditions must be met to be eligible to run: Applicant must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of Troup County for at least two years prior to qualifying, a registered Troup County voter, have attained the age of 25 and earned a high school diploma or the equivalent, have not been convicted of a felony or any offense involving moral turpitude.

Additionally, these conditions apply specifically to the following offices:

• Clerk of superior court: Applicant must be willing to attend and complete at least 40 hours of training.

• Sheriff: Applicant must be a registered peace officer or successfully complete peace officer certification at his or her own expense and undergo background checks.

• Coroner: Applicant must successfully complete a training class at the Georgia Police Academy no longer than 180 days after election or appointment.

The following are qualifying fees for the respective offices:

• Clerk of superior court: $2,619; sheriff: $2,654; tax commissioner: $2,488; coroner: $504; solicitor: $2,421; county commissioner (all districts): $267; state court judge: $3,459; probate judge: $2,333; board of education (district 2): $170; board of education (district 3) $216; board of education (district 5) $206; board of education (district 6) $183.

Qualifying fees are set by the Troup County Board of Commissioners and are based on the compensation of each elected office.

In addition to qualifying fees, candidates must disclose financial interests and donor contributions.

The primary election for local partisan races is May 24 and the general election is Nov. 8. This is not to be confused with the presidential primary election, which is March 1.

Additional conditions may apply and can be researched by contacting the Troup County Board of Elections and Registration, 100 Ridley Ave., 706-883-1745.

Tyler H. Jones is a reporter with LaGrange Daily News. He may be reached at 706-884-7311, ext. 2155.