Elections Qualifying

School board incumbents ready for May 20

by Sarah Fay Campbell

All incumbents on the Coweta County Board of Education have qualified to seek reelection in the May 20 non-partisan election.

District 1 Board Member Amy Dees qualified Wednesday, joining fellow incumbents Larry Robertson of District 1 at large, Harry Mullins of District 3, and Graylin Ward of District 4.

Mullins is being challenged by Jane Horne, and Ward is being challenged by Linda Menk.

Coweta County Commissioners Tim Lassetter and Bob Blackburn hadn’t picked up any opposition Wednesday.

There are two more days of qualifying. Hours today are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, and Friday hours are 8:30 a.m. to noon. Qualifying ends promptly at noon and candidates are urged by elections officials not to wait until the last minute.

Among candidates so far:

Coweta’s State Senator, Mike Crane, R-Newnan, is being challenged by Democrat Cynthia Bennett.

Republican Gene King of Gay has qualified for the Georgia House of Representatives post held by incumbent Carl Von Epps, D-LaGrange. Von Epps hadn’t qualified as of late Wednesday.

Unopposed, so far, are State Representatives Lynn Smith, R-Newnan, David Stover, R-Palmetto, and Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City; State Court Judge Seay Van Patton Poulakos; and U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, a resident of Grantville who represents Georgia’s Third Congressional District.

Candidates for school board and state court judge, which are nonpartisan offices, qualify with Coweta Elections Superintendent Jane Scoggins at the Coweta Board of Elections, located at 33 East Broad St. in the basement of the Coweta Administration Building.

Candidates for county commission qualify with the Coweta County Republican Party at 14 Greenville St. in downtown Newnan or the Coweta County Democratic Party at 8 Lee St., also in downtown Newnan.

Candidates for state and federal office qualify at the State Capitol in Atlanta.

For more information about qualifying, contact Scoggins at 678-854-0015.



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