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March 26, 2014

Two qualify for Board of Education in Murray County

Two people qualified on Wednesday after Murray County had to hold qualifying again for the May 20 primaries for the Board of Education.

Frank Loyd qualified for District 5 and incumbent Jackie Rogers qualified for the District 7 At-Large seat on the board. Both qualified as Republicans. The District 6 seat is also up for election.

Qualifying continues today from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the elections office in the courthouse annex in Chatsworth and on Friday from 8 a.m. to noon.

According to a press release from Chief Registrar Larry Sampson, outdated maps resulted in two candidates qualifying in the wrong districts during the original qualifying earlier this month. The elections office discovered the error, and Superior Court ordered a new qualifying period.

The press release said that in 2012 the Board of Education requested that the state Legislature adjust the district lines. The Legislature approved those new lines, and a county mapping technologist was supposed to send them to an Internet mapping service.

“This information was given to the appropriate office in the courthouse for transmission to the Internet mapping service,” the press release said. “One of two things happened and it is not clear which. The first possibility is that the information was not sent or failed in transmission. The person responsible for that is no longer with the county. The other possibility is that the company did not act on the new updates when they received them. The end result is that an outdated map was unknowingly used during (the original) qualifying.”

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