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Troup County candidates begin qualifying Monday

Anyone interested in running for a local office will have the opportunity to register next week as qualifying is held from March 2 through March 6. 

All candidates looking to run in local races must qualify at the Troup County Board of Elections, pay a qualifying fee and meet other necessary conditions. 

The following local races are up for election later this year: clerk of superior court, Troup County sheriff, probate judge, tax commissioner, coroner, solicitor, state court judge, Troup County Board of Commissioner District 2, 3 and 4 and Troup County School System Board of Education Seat District 2, 3, 5 and 6.

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

The following are qualifying fees for the respective offices:

Clerk of superior court: $1,894.94; sheriff: $2,270.25; tax commissioner: $1,894.94; coroner: $750.74; solicitor: $2,953.42; county commissioner (all districts): $180; state court judge: $3,459; probate judge: $1,894.94; board of education (district 2): $186; board of education (district 3) $336; board of education (district 5) $303; board of education (district 6) $165.

“Candidates must sign a notice of candidacy and any extra affidavits,” said Elections and Registration Supervisor Andrew Harper. “Some will have extra affidavits to do as well. They will also have to live in certain residences for so long and meet certain statutes and codes as well.” 

Qualified contenders will be on the ballot May 19 for the general primary election.  

For more information, contact the Board of Elections and Registration at (706) 883-1745.