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Angela Elder-Johnson seeks a new term as clerk

The Oconee County Courthouse is like a second home to Clerk of Superior Court incumbent Angela Elder-Johnson, a Republican who is running against Democratic challenger Laura King in the Nov. 5 General Election. Elder-Johnson first took office in January 2001 and has won every re-election bid through present day. But her experience with the judicial…

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King runs for clerk

Running for Clerk of Superior Court may be a first for Laura King, but she’s certainly not new to holding political office. The CPA and a certified fraud examiner (CFE) served as the mayor of Rutledge in 2004 and 2005, successfully fighting off a developer and getting the city out of debt. Having grown up…

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Andrew Ferguson challenges Houston Gaines for Ga. House

Andrew Ferguson qualified as a Democratic candidate for Georgia House of Representatives District 120 and will face Republican incumbent Houston Gaines in the Nov. 5 General Election. This marks Ferguson’s third time on the ballot, previously running for the U.S. 10th Congressional Seat in 2020 and Georgia State Senate District 46 Senator in 2022. Ferguson…

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Candidate forum features school board candidates

The Oconee Enterprise Editor Michael Prochaska and retired journalism professor Lee Becker of Oconee County Observations are jointly hosting an Oconee County Board of Education candidate forum Thursday, April 25 from 6-8 p.m. at the Oconee Veterans Park Community Center. Each candidate will be given several minutes for an introduction and final remarks. Questions will…

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Gaines seeks a new term

Georgia House of Representatives District 120 Representative Houston Gaines is seeking reelection. As a Republican, he will face Democratic candidate Andrew Ferguson on the Nov. 5 General Election Ballot. Born and raised in Athens, Gaines has served constituents in parts of Barrow, Clarke, Jackson and Oconee counties since he took office in January 2019. In…

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Wade runs for sheriff

Law Enforcement Officer, Veteran and Pastor Reginald Wade is running for Oconee County Sheriff as a Democrat and will face incumbent Sheriff James Hale on the ballot in November. Wade was born and raised in Oconee County and graduated from Oconee County High School in 1982 before he joined the United States Army He spent…

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Ransom runs for new seat on Board of Education

Oconee Board of Education member Michael Ransom is in a unique position in that he is running for another term on the school board but without the word “incumbent” by his name. That’s because Ransom has decided not to run for his current Post 5 seat but instead run for Post 1, the chair position.…

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Brock Toole runs for BOE

Entrepreneur Brock Toole, the former chief operations officer for Oconee County Schools, announced last week that he will run for Post 5 on the Board of Education as a Republican. Post 5 is the seat of incumbent Michael Ransom, who decided not to seek reelection for his own seat but instead run for Post 1,…

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Reifsteck challenges Ransom for BOE 

Before her son was born 16 years ago, Joyce Reifsteck learned about the damaging effects of screen time on the brains of children through a doctor and the American Academy of Pediatric. When Chromebooks appeared in Oconee County Schools, she spoke to the school board, citing research about the dangers of screen addiction. Her son,…

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Cruz runs against Saxon

Retired pathologist and 27-year Oconee County resident Victoria Cruz qualified as a Republican candidate for Oconee County Board of Commissioners Post 5. She will face incumbent Mark Saxon on the May 21 Republican Primary ballot. There is no Democratic challenger, so the winner of the Primary will be the only name on the Nov. 5…

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