Several elected officials, many of whom make some of the most important decisions impacting the local community, are either stepping down or up for re-election on Election Day, Nov. 5.
Qualifying began Monday for several elected positions in Whitfield and Murray counties. Qualifying in the cities of Cohutta and Chatsworth runs Wednesday through Friday.
Tate O’Gwin qualified to run for Ward 2 on the City Council, while Gary Crews qualified for Ward 4. O’Gwin is a first-timer, said an administrator with the City Clerk’s office, while Crews is running for re-election. Dick Lowrey, who currently serves from Ward 2, has said he will not run again.
Sherwood Jones III and Steve Laird both qualified to run for the Dalton Board of Education. Two seats are up for re-election. Board members Mark Orr and Steve Williams have said they will not seek re-election. Seats on the city school board are not divided by region.
Qualifying continues today and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at City Hall. The qualifying fee for City Council is $360 and the fee for the Board of Education is $35.
David Owens resigned Monday from Seat 5 of the Varnell City Council and qualified to run for mayor, said City Clerk Pam Garrison. Mayor Dan Peeples has said he will not seek re-election.
City officials will hold a special meeting today to determine when qualifying for Seat 5 will be, Garrison said, adding that the position will go into the same election set for Nov. 5.
Ashlee Godfrey qualified to run for Seat 1 on the City Council held by James Caldwell. Caldwell did not qualify on Monday.
Garrison said no one came in to qualify for Seat 2, currently held by Brent Newsome. Newsome did not qualify on Monday.
Qualifying continues today and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at City Hall. The qualifying fee is $35.