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Local seats up for election; qualifying is March 4-8

by Michael Prochaska

Qualifying for the May 21 Primary will be held March 4 through March 8.

County seats up for election range from school board to county commission to the judicial branch to the top law enforcement officer.

For the Oconee Board of Commissioners, Chairman, Post 1 and Post 4 are on the ballot. Incumbents John Daniell, Mark Thomas and Mark Saxon, respectively, have recently announced their re-election bids. The qualifying fee is $755.36 for Post 1 and 4 and $3,161.31 for the Chair.

For the Oconee Board of Education, Post 1, Post 4, and Post 5 are on the ballot. Those currently in office are Kim Argo, Tim Burgess and Michael Ransom, respectively,. The qualifying fee is $54.

Also on the ballot are sheriff, clerk of courts, tax commissioner and probate judge. Qualifying fees for each of those are $2,512.51. The current office holders are James Hale, Angela Elder-Johnson, Jennifer Riddle and Mike Hunsinger, respectively.

Voters will also decide who will serve as coroner. The qualifying fee is $108, and Ed Carson currently holds that position. For more information about county offices up for election this spring, visit, click the “Departments Tab” and then select “Elections and Registration.” Elections & Registration Director Sharon Gregg can be contacted at

Qualifying for the Western Judicial Circuit District Attorney, Superior Court Judges, State Senate and State House are done through the Secretary of State’s Office, but the dates are the same as county seats: March 4-8.

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