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Grovetown to hold special election to fill council seat

Posted: February 6, 2013 - 12:34am  |  Updated: February 6, 2013 - 12:50am


Grovetown officials have scheduled a March special election to fill an empty council seat.

Former City Councilwoman Jennifer Jones resigned Jan. 17 with nearly three years left of her term, which expires at the end of 2015, according to City Manager Shirley Beasley.

A special election is set for March 19 to fill Jones’ unexpired term.

Qualifying for the special election will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 20-12 and from 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 22 at City Hall.

The qualifying fee is $108. All candidates must be at least 25, a registered voter and have lived inside the city for at least a year.

City Council seats currently occupied by incumbents Sonny McDowell and Bruce Stoddard will be on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Qualifying for those elections will be Aug. 26-30.

In Harlem, the mayoral seat and two seats on the City Council also will be on the Nov. 5 ballot. Those seats are currently filled by Mayor Bobby Culpepper and Councilmen John Thigpen and Rudolph Dixon.

Candidates must be at least 21, a registered voter and have lived in the city for at least a year. Qualifying is slated for Aug. 26-28. The qualifying fee for the mayoral race is $144 and $108 for the council races.

No elections are scheduled in the unincorporated area of Columbia County this year.

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