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March 4, 2014

Qualifying slows on second day

— Qualifying for the May 20 primaries got off to a busy start on Monday, but slowed down on Tuesday.

• Whitfield County Board of Commissioners District 1: No one qualified Tuesday for the Republican or Democratic primary. On Monday, Barry Robbins and Nicky Starling qualified for the Republican primary. Incumbent Gordon Morehouse has said he will not seek re-election.

• Whitfield County Board of Commissioners District 3: No one qualified Tuesday for the Republican or Democratic primary. Roger Crossen qualified in the Republican primary on Monday. Incumbent Robby Staten has said he will not run for re-election.

• Whitfield County Board of Education District 2: Rodney Lock qualified for re-election on Tuesday for the Republican primary. Jamie Johnson qualified as a Republican for that seat on Monday.

• Whitfield County Board of Education District 4: No one qualified Tuesday for the Republican or Democratic primary. On Monday, incumbent Louis Fordham qualified as a Republican.

• Whitfield County Board of Education, At Large: Incumbent Bill Worley qualified as a Republican on Tuesday. No one qualified for the seat on Monday.

• Conasauga Superior Court: Incumbent Judge David Blevins qualified on Tuesday as did challenger Jim Wilbanks. Scott Helton qualified for the position on Monday. This race is nonpartisan and covers both Whitfield and Murray counties. Judge William Boyett and Judge Cindy Morris qualified for re-election to their posts on Monday.

• Murray County Chief Magistrate: No one qualified on Tuesday. Incumbent Gale Buckner qualified for the position on Monday. This race is nonpartisan.

• Murray County Board of Education District 5: No one qualified on Tuesday for the Republican or Democratic primary. Frank Loyd qualified on Monday for the Republican primary. The seat is currently held by Robbie Moore, a Republican, who had not qualified by Tuesday afternoon.

• Murray County Board of Education District 6: David Long qualified as a Republican on Tuesday. On Monday incumbent Brenda Sandlin qualified as a Republican.

• Murray County Board of Education District 7 (At Large): Tim Howard qualified as a Democrat to run for this post on Tuesday. He had originally qualified for District 6 on Monday, but due to confusion in the elections office about district lines had to qualify Tuesday for the at large seat since District 2, where he lives, is not up for election this year. Howard’s house sits along the district lines, and officials said he lives in District 2, not 6. Anybody who lives in the county can qualify for the at large seat. Incumbent Jackie Rogers qualified for the Republican primary for the seat on Monday.

• State Senate District 54: No one qualified Tuesday. On Monday, incumbent Charlie Bethel qualified for re-election in the Republican primary.

• State House of Representatives District 2: No one qualified Tuesday for the Republican or Democratic primary. On Monday, Rep. Steve Tarvin of Chickamauga qualified for re-election in the Republican primary. Ebeth M. Edwards also qualified for that seat as a Republican. The district includes parts of Whitfield, Catoosa and Walker counties.

• State House of Representatives District 4: No one qualified Tuesday for the Republican or Democratic primary. On Monday, Rep. Bruce Broadrick of Dalton qualified for re-election in the Republican primary.

• State House of Representatives District 5: No one qualified Tuesday for the Republican or Democratic primary. On Monday, Rep. John Meadows of Calhoun qualified for re-election in the Republican primary. The district includes parts of Murray and Gordon counties.

• State House of Representatives District 6: No one qualified Tuesday for the Republican or Democratic primary. On Monday, Rep. Tom Dickson of Cohutta qualified for re-election in the Republican primary. The district includes parts of Whitfield and Murray counties.

• State House of Representatives District 11: No one qualified Tuesday for the Republican or Democratic primary. On Monday, Rep. Rick Jasperse of Jasper qualified for re-election in the Republican primary, and Charles “Chuck” Hendrix qualified for the Democratic primary. That district includes parts of Murray, Gordon and Pickens counties.

• U.S. House of Representatives District 14: No one qualified Tuesday for the Republican or Democratic primary. On Monday, Rep. Tom Graves of Ranger qualified for re-election. The district includes Whitfield and Murray counties.

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