Candidate qualifying opens March 2 for county offices


THOMASVILLE — The candidate qualifying period for Thomas County offices to be decided this year opens Monday, March 2, continuing through Friday, March 6. 

Qualifying will be at the new Thomas County Elections & Registration Office, 1401 E. Jackson St., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. It will end at noon, March 6, county elections supervisor Frank Scoggins said.

Representatives of local Democrat and Republican parties will be at the elections office to register bipartisan candidates.

"The election office will qualify the partisan candidates," Scoggins said.

Nonpartisan offices up for election and qualifying fees are:

• Probate judge — $1,691

• Chef magistrate — $1,691

• State Court judge — $1,734 

Partisan offices to be decided this year and qualifying fees are:

• Sheriff — $2,107

• Clerk of Superior Court — $1,691

• Tax commissioner — $1,691

• Solicitor general — $1,193

• County commission — $108

• Thomas County Board of Education — $54

Qualifying fees are 3 percent of the base salary for the office.

Half of the qualifying fees received go to local political parties and the other half to county coffers.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820 

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