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Wiedower seeks a new term

Georgia House of Representatives District 121 Rep. Marcus Wiedower has qualified to run for reelection as a Republican after serving constituents in parts of Oconee and Athens-Clarke Counties since 2019. Wiedower will face Republican candidate John Michael Grigsby on the May 21 General Primary Ballot and the winner will face Democrat candidate Courtney Frisch on…

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Green to run for Oconee County BOE

Instructional Coach for science teachers at Clarke Central High School Katie Green is running as a Democrat for Oconee County Board of Education Post 5. The nearly 30-year educator who has a Ph.D. in science education said she’s running to give back to the community. Green will be unopposed on the May 21 Democratic Primary…

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Hammond qualifies for BOE

After eighth-generation Oconee Countian Adam Hammond qualified to run as a Republican for the Oconee Board of Education in the May 21 Primary, one of the first calls he made was to his daughter’s bus driver. “We need to value and elevate our support staff,” he said. “My daughter [who is a fifth grader at…

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John Michael Grigsby qualifies for district 121 election

Born and raised in Oconee County, John Michael Grigsby’s career as a travel nurse took him around the country. But it ultimately led him home to Oconee, where he’s now qualified to run for Georgia House of Representatives District 121. Grigsby qualified as a Republican and will face Republican incumbent Rep. Marcus Wiedower on the…

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Russell Toms runs for BOE

Russell Toms, a former healthcare professional who is now the relationship manager for national payment processing company and technology provider Worldpay, qualified this week to run for Board of Education Post 4. As a Republican candidate for that seat, Toms is challenging fellow newcomer Andy Pippin. The incumbent, Tim Burgess, announced earlier this month that…

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Qualifying begins on Monday

Qualifying for the May 21 Primary begins Monday, March 4 and ends Friday, March 8 at the Oconee County Administration Building, located at 7635 Macon Highway. Qualifying hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for March 4-7 and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on March 8. Local seats up for election are as follows: Oconee Board…

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Pippin to run for a BOE seat

Andy Pippin, director of business development at engineering firm Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood, announced last week that he will run for Post 4 on the Oconee County Board of Education. BOE Post 4 incumbent Tim Burgess said he will not run for re-election. Pippin, a former city manager for the city of Hampton, Georgia, noted…

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Sheriff James Hale seeks re-election

Oconee County Sheriff James Hale announced his bid for re-election as he begins his 23rd year working at the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office. Hale, who has also served the county as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician, said, “I grew up here, my family all lives here, and my kids went through the schools…

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Coroner Ed Carson runs for re-election

Incumbent Oconee County Coroner Ed Carson this week announced his candidacy for re-election. “My jobs is very rewarding being able to help citizens through what is often the worst day of their life,” Carson said. This year marks Carson’s 12th year as coroner and 22nd year working in the Coroner’s Office. Prior to holding an…

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Thomas to run again

Mark Thomas, who has served on the Oconee Board of Commissioners since 2017, recently announced his bid for re-election. The Republican candidate has previously served on the Board of Education, Tax Equalization Board and Industrial Development Authority. Many in the community know him through his family farm, event venue and restaurant, Hot Thomas BBQ, which…

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