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Qualifying opens for local, state and federal elections

Posted: March 3, 2014 - 11:53am  |  Updated: March 9, 2014 - 12:02am

A total of seven candidates qualified to run for five local seats for federal, state and county elections.

As of Thursday morning, only two of the local races were contested.

In the race for County Commission Chairman, incumbent Ron Cross will be opposed by local builder and political activist Jim Bartley. Both qualified with the Columbia County Republican Party, according to Elections Director Nancy Gay.

In the race for Com­mission District 1, two candidates qualified with the Republican Party to replace outgoing Commissioner Ron Thigpen. Doug Duncan, a vice president with Augusta staffing firm MAU Inc., will face Hafeez Chaudhry, a Martinez businessman and hotel developer.

Incumbent District 4
Commissioner Bill Morris
qualified with the Repub­-lican Party on Mon­day. Gay said she was unaware of any candidates qualifying as Democrats. All candidates for county commission seats are required to qualify with their political parties.

In the nonpartisan county Board of Education races, the two incumbents qualified for their respective seats, Gay said. Kristi Baker qualified to retain her District 2 seat and Mike Sleeper qualified for District 3.

Qualifying all local offices will end at noon on Friday. Candidates for state offices must qualify with the Secretary of State’s office in Atlanta. The general primary election will be May 20. If needed, a run-off for the general primary election will be held July 22.

QUALIFYING FEES

• U.S. Representative – 10th and 12th Congressional District: $5,220

• U.S. Senator: $5,220

• State Senator – 23rd and 24th District: $400

• State Representative – 33, 121, 122 and 123 District: $400

• County-wide Commission Chair: $315

• County Commission – Districts 1 and 4: $195

• County Board of Education – Districts 2 and 3: $195

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