Qualifying for county district seats a week away

COVINGTON -- Those considering throwing their hats in the ring this election season have until next week to make up their minds.

Qualifying for Newton County Board of Commissioners districts 2 and 4 and Board of Education seats one, three and five takes place Monday through April 30.

Candidates should qualify with the local Republican and Democratic parties.

Qualifying with the Newton Republican Party will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through April 29 and 9 a.m. to noon April 30 at the law office of Charles Strickland, located at 1138 Conyers St.

Checks should be made payable to Newton County Republican Party. For more information, call Chairman Ester Fleming at 678-618-1188.

Newton County Democratic Party Chairman Jerry Childers said there will be no set place or time to qualify, but asked that candidates call him and he will meet them at a mutually convenient time. Childers can be reached at 678-658-7069 or 678-963-6306. Childers said that cash, certified checks or money orders are preferred forms of payment.

Candidates will be required to sign an affidavit swearing that they live in the district for which they are running, that they are eligible to run for office and have never been convicted of a felony or of malfeasance in office. They are also required to know their voting precinct, information that can be obtained by calling the Newton County Board of Elections Office at 770-784-2055.

They will be asked to show identification and pay a qualifying fee. For Board of Commissioners districts 2 and 4, the qualifying fee is $569.54. For Board of Education districts 1, 3 and 5, the qualifying fee is $216.

The general primary takes place July 20 and the general election is Nov. 2.