LaGrange Mayor Jeff Lukken, 54, qualified for re-election, along with incumbent City Council members Nick Woodson, 69, and Norma Tucker, 48. Jim Thornton, 36, qualified for the post currently held by Tom Gore, a physician who announced he will not seek another four-year term.
Qualifying ends at 4:30 p.m. Friday in the Troup County Probate Office.
The first day of municipal election qualifying brought out four candidates in Hogansville.
Scott Worthy qualified for the City Council post seat currently held by Charlie Frank Martin. Worthy, 36, is a real estate broker and lifelong Hogansville resident.
“I’ve always thought about running and never did, he said. “Now I have the time to get involved and see if we can get things done for Hogansville.”
Andy Brubaker, director of alumni and family relations at LaGrange College since January 2008, qualified for the mayor’s seat, currently held by Jimmy Jackson.
Brubaker most recently has been involved in the city as chairman of the Downtown Development Authority.
“Having visited with local citizens and business owners in Hogansville, I saw that change was needed,” Brubaker said. “The city council men and women are very progressive, but they lack active leadership in the mayor’s seat for guidance.”
Incumbents Martin and Bobby Joe Frazier also qualified Monday afternoon.
There were no qualifiers in West Point.
In the District 129 House race, the only qualifier Monday was Earl T. Davis, 75, of Hamilton. The seat became vacant when Republican Vance Smith of Pine Mountain was appointed as commissioner of the state Department of Transportation.
Qualifying for that post will end at noon Wednesday in the elections division of the secretary of state’s office.
District 129 encompasses southern Troup County, including West Point, most of Harris County and a small part of Muscogee County.
Meanwhile, the State Election Board has dismissed a complaint alleging that Troup Elections Superintendent Donald Boyd violated state law last year when he posted a sign barring campaigning within 150 feet of the polling place at Gray Hill Community Center.
Bill Gilmore of Old Gabbettville Road said the sign was posted about 300 feet from the polling place and poll manager Dodie Patterson made him move his truck beyond the sign because there was a campaign sign in the bed of the truck.
Deputy inspector general Chris Harvey said his investigation showed that Gilmore parked his truck at or near the 150-foot boundary, having previously measured the distance. Boyd’s sign was on a telephone pole at the end of the driveway, but there doesn’t appear to be anything illegal about the sign being more than 150 feet from the polling place, Harvey said.
He said he couldn’t determine whether Gilmore’s vehicle had been parked outside the 150-foot boundary.