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Qualifying takes place this week

COVINGTON - Qualifying for the July 15 general primary is taking place this week. Candidates have until noon Friday to qualify with the local Republican or Democratic parties.

Open seats include Board of Commissioners chairman and commission districts 1, 3 and 5; Board of Education districts 2 and 4; sheriff; tax commissioner; probate judge; clerk of superior court; and coroner.

Qualifying with the Republican Party will take place from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday at Strickland and Strickland law firm at 2115 Usher St.

Candidates running as Democrats should call First Vice Chairman Jerry Childers at 770-786-4305 or Landis Stephens at 770-595-4498 to set up a time to qualify.

Qualifying fees are 3 percent of the elected official's annual salary. Fees are as follows:

Board of Commissioners chairman: $2,528.87

BOC district seats: $469.48

Board of Education district seats: $216

Clerk of Superior Court; Probate Judge and tax commissioner: $2,034.01

Sheriff: $2,347.43

Coroner: $704.06

Republican candidates qualifying on Monday included Ed Hutter for BOC chairman; Keith Mitcham for district seat 3; Tim Fleming for district seat 5; Bill Watterson for sheriff; and Doris Strickland for tax commissioner.

On the Democratic side, Ezell Brown qualified for the sheriff's race.

Candidates for state office are qualifying at the Capitol in Atlanta. Incumbent John Douglas, R-Social Circle, qualified for State Senate District 17 Monday.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.