THOMASVILLE — Eight elected Thomas County offices will be decided by voters this year.

Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7 on the Thomas County Commission and Thomas County Board of Education are up for re-election in 2010 elections.

The primary election is Tuesday, July 20, with the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

County commission positions to be decided, incumbents and their political party affiliations are:

• District 1 — Merrill Baker, Democrat

• District 3 — Ken Hickey, Republican

• District 5 — Josh Herring, Democrat

• District 7 — Claud Davis, Independent

School board seats up for re-election, incumbents and political party affiliations are:

• District 1 — Nancy Hiers, Republican

• District 3 — Charles Evans, Republican

• District 5 — Johnny Bannister, Democrat

• District 7 — Kay Streets, Republican

The candidate-qualifying period opens at 9 .m. Monday, April 26, and ends at noon Friday, April 30.

The qualifying fee for county commission candidates is $108, and $62 for those seeking school board seats. The qualifying fee is 3 percent of the annual salary for a position.

The location for candidate qualifying has not been decided.

“The last day to register to vote in the primary is June 21,” said Vickie Burnette, Thomas County probate judge and superintendent of elections.

In addition to local races, a new Georgia governor will be elected this year, and Thomas County has a contested state House seat. The seat’s incumbent, Mike Keown, R-Coolidge, is running against Second District U.S. Congressman Sanford Bishop, D-Albany.

John Bulloch, R-Ochlocknee, is the incumbent District 11 state senator — another office up for re-election this year.

The qualifying fee for state House and Senate seats is $400.

“I’m excited,” Burnette said. “I think we’re going to have a big (voter) turnout. We have a lot of things going on right now.”

No Thomas County constitutional officers are up for re-election this year, but two Southern Judicial Circuit Superior Court judges are.

Judgeships held by Jim Hardy, of Thomasville, and Frank Horkan, a Moultrie resident, will be decided this year.

Superior Court judges, who are nonpartisan candidates, qualify in Atlanta during a period beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, June 28, and ending at noon Friday, July 2. The qualifying fee is $3,607.56.

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

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