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Social Circle incumbents keep seats

SOCIAL CIRCLE - Social Circle voters will likely not need to head to the polls this year since no resident qualified to challenge any of the incumbents up for re-election on either the City Council or the school board.

According to a memorandum released Friday afternoon by Social Circle City Clerk Susan Roper, only the current seat-holders of Districts 1 and 3 on the City Council and Board of Education chairman and BOE Districts 2 and 4 qualified for this year's election, to be held Nov. 3. As a result, Roper stated, no election will be necessary.

Matt Carrothers, a spokesman with the Secretary of State's Office, said the only exception would be if any write-in candidates qualify for the seats. He said the write-in qualification period ends seven days after the last day of regular qualifying. Qualifying for city elections was held from Aug. 31 to Sept. 4.

The qualifying fee for the City Council seats was $72 and $18 for school board posts. Carrothers said no qualifying fee is required of write-in candidates.

"However, write-in candidates' names do not appear on the ballot unless they receive enough votes to be in a runoff, if a runoff is required," he said.

Unless any write-in candidates qualify, City Council members Traysa Price and David Keener, who represent Districts 1 and 3, respectively, will be re-elected to serve new four-year terms.

Those up for election on the Board of Education - Tim Lemonds, current vice chairman of the BOE who qualified to run for chairman after Hal Dally, current BOE chairman, decided not to seek another term; Tony Hooks, District 2 member; and Dan Chisholm representing District 4 - will likewise serve new terms.

The City Council allocated $1,900 for elections in its 2009-10 budget.

"Those funds will remain in the event a special election has to be held for some reason," Roper said Tuesday in an e-mailed response to questions.