School board special election qualifying begins


THOMASVILLE — The three-day candidate qualifying period for a District 2 Thomasville City Board of Education seat opens Wednesday morning.

A special election has been called to fill the seat that became vacant when school board member David Cone moved from District 2 earlier this year and resigned from the board.

Dr. Jim Cable was appointed to fill the seat— one of three District 2 posts.

"This is not our election year. Municipal elections are held in odd-numbered years per state election laws," said Felicia Brannen, Thomasville city clerk and municipal election qualifying officer.

Brannen said it was learned last week the qualifying period is necessary to put the special election on the Nov. 3 general election ballot, which has a deadline of Aug. 5.

Brannen had planned to call a qualifying period in August. The usual qualifying period for municipal elections is in late August.

"Since this is not a normal election time for us, we're qualifying July 29-31 for the special election," Brannen said.

On Monday, Thomasville City Council approved a $35 qualifying fee for the unsalaried school board position.

Candidates may qualify at the city administration building, 111 Victoria Place, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

A receptionist will notify Brannen that someone wants to qualify.

"I will go down and escort them to my office," Brannen said.

Qualifiers' temperatures will be taken. Disposable masks will be provided for qualifiers upon request.

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