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March 3, 2014

Qualifying off to busy start on opening day

— Qualifying for the May 20 primaries got off to a busy start on Monday.

In Whitfield County, Barry Robbins and Nicky Starling qualified in the Republican primary for Board of Commissioners District 1. Incumbent Gordon Morehouse has said he will not seek re-election.

Roger Crossen qualified in the Republican primary for Board of Commissioners District 3. Incumbent Robby Staten has said he will not run for re-election.

Incumbent Louis Fordham qualified as a Republican for Whitfield County Board of Education District 4, and Jamie Johnson qualified as a Republican for the District 2 seat on the board, which is currently held by Rodney Lock who is also a Republican.

Attorney Scott Helton qualified for the position on the Conasauga Superior Court currently held by Judge David Blevins. The Conasauga circuit includes Whitfield and Murray counties. Judge William Boyett and Judge Cindy Morris qualified for re-election to the posts they hold on the Conasauga court. All those races are nonpartisan.

In Murray County, Chief Magistrate Judge Gale Buckner qualified to run for re-election for that nonpartisan post.

On the Republican ticket, Frank Loyd qualified for Board of Education District 5, which is currently held by Robbie Moore who is also a Republican.

Incumbent Brenda Sandlin qualified in the Republican primary for Board of Education District 6, while Tim Howard qualified in the Democratic primary for that seat.

And incumbent Jackie Rogers qualified for Board of Education District 7 in the Republican primary.

At the state level, Sen. Charlie Bethel of Dalton qualified to run for re-election in the Republican primary for District 54. That district includes both Whitfield and Murray counties as well as portions of Catoosa and Gordon counties.

Rep. Bruce Broadrick of Dalton qualified to run for re-election in the Republican primary for District 4. That district includes the city of Dalton as well as some surrounding precincts.

Rep. John Meadows of Calhoun qualified to run for re-election in the Republican primary for District 5. That district includes parts of Gordon and Murray counties.

Rep. Tom Dickson of Cohutta qualified to run for re-election in the Republican primary for District 6. That district includes parts of Whitfield and Murray counties.

Rep. Rick Jasperse of Jasper qualified to run for re-election in the Republican primary for District 11. Charles “Chuck” Hendrix qualified for the Democratic primary for that seat. That district includes parts of Murray, Gordon and Pickens counties.

Rep. Steve Tarvin of Chickamauga qualified to run for re-election in the Republican primary for District 2. Ebeth M. Edwards also qualified in the Republican primary for that seat. That district includes parts of Whitfield, Catoosa and Walker counties.

At the federal level, U.S. Rep. Tom Graves of Ranger qualified to run for re-election in the Republican primary for the 14th District. The district includes both Whitfield and Murray counties.

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