Local Troup County races feature 30 candidates

Published 4:17 pm Friday, March 6, 2020

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The polls in May for local elections will feature plenty of options as 30 candidates have qualified for 14 offices.

Qualifying for offices ended Friday at noon for the May 19 election. For some races, the winners will be determined in May. For others, there is a partisan primary, leading to the general election in November.

County Commission

For the Troup County Commission in District 2, incumbent Ellis Cadenhead is running once again for his seat. He will face opposition in the Republican primary from Ken Ragan, who has a listed occupation as a present of Ragan Grading and Septic Tanks. The winner of this race will move to face Andrew Moody Sr, who is running as a Democrat.

In District 3, incumbent Lewis Davis has qualified as a Republican for his seat on the board and will coast into the general election unopposed. On the Democratic side of the ticket, Syndra Ogletree of West Point will face off against Cora Pleasant, also of West Point, for the right to take on Davis in November.

In District 4, incumbent Morris Jones is seeking re-election as a Republican, but he will have competition in the form of Donald Boyd, who has qualified as a Republican candidate. After the May election, the winner will face Yvonne Lopez of LaGrange, who will be the Democratic nominee.

Troup County school board

The Troup County Board of Education also features several contested races. All four seats up for grabs will have multiple contestants. The school board seats are non-partisan and after the May election, the winners will be determined.

In District 2, there will be a new board member as current Chairman Kirk Hancock has decided not to seek re-election. Running for the seat will be Frank Branes, who is a retired educator, and Ferrell Blair, who lists his occupation as a rancher and investor.

In District 3, incumbent Brandon Brooks has qualified and will take on Nick Simpson of Hogansville.

In District 5, incumbent Catherine Hunt, who is an educator, will seek re-election once again, but she will face competition from Tommy Callaway of LaGrange.

In District 6, Joe Franklin, who qualified Friday, will throw his hat in the ring once again against Tripp Foster, who runs a local tree care business.


Troup County will have a new coroner after the beginning of the year, and voters will know who it will be after May. Both candidates are listed on the Republican ticket. Current coroner Jeff Cook is not running for re-election.

Brandon Adams qualified earlier this week with his occupation listed as a business manager. His competition will be Erin Hackley, who is the current Troup County deputy coroner.

Judge of Probate Court

The Troup County Judge of Probate Court will also be decided in May. Incumbent Debbie Wade qualified on Monday, and is set to take on Leslie Jones, who lists her occupation as an insurance agent.

Troup County Sheriff

The Troup County Sheriff’s race is another race that won’t be decided until November. Republican incumbent James Woodruff qualified Monday to seek re-election, and he will face law enforcement veteran Jeremy Bolt in the May primary.

On the Democratic ticket, Ricky Ward of the Troup County Marshals Office will take on the winner of the Republican primary.

Judge of State Court

The Troup County Judge of State Court will have a new seat holder after the first of the year. However, the decision will be made in May. Current Judge Jeannette Little is not running for re-election.

Three candidates are vying to take the vacant seat. Attorney Luther Jones, Attorney Wesley Leonard and Attorney Kyle Lovejoy have all qualified for the election.

Uncontested races

There are two more races on the ballot in May, but the incumbents have no challenges.

For solicitor general, Sandra Taylor, who is listed as a Republican, qualified Tuesday.

For tax commissioner, Shane Frailey, who also is a Republican, qualified for re-election on Monday.