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August 30, 2013

Qualifying ends today

As election qualifying ends today, most local candidates will run uncontested on Nov. 5, Election Day, while some positions currently don’t have candidates to run for them.

Today is the final day to determine if there will be any more contested races and if some positions will have a special election.


Qualifying for the city of Dalton ended on Wednesday.

For the City Council, Tate O’Gwin, who qualified on Monday, was the only candidate to qualify for the Ward 2 seat currently held by Dick Lowrey, who is not seeking re-election.

Jafar Ware, who qualified on Tuesday for Ward 4, will face incumbent Gary Crews, who qualified on Monday.

Pablo Perez, who qualified on Wednesday, will compete for a seat on the Board of Education against Steve Laird, who qualified on Monday. The winner will replace Mark Orr, who is not seeking re-election.

Sherwood Jones III, who qualified Monday, was the only candidate to qualify for the seat currently held by Steve Williams, who is also not seeking re-election.

Seats on the city school board are not divided by area as they are on the Whitfield Board of Education.


Qualifying in Chatsworth began on Wednesday.

No one qualified on Thursday, City Clerk Wilma Nolan said.

Brad Rowe, vice chair of organizational development for the Chatsworth-Murray County Chamber of Commerce, qualified to run for Post 2 on the City Council Wednesday. The post is currently held by Wayne Graves, who hasn’t qualified, Nolan said.

Post 1, held by Celeste Martin, is also up for election. No one qualified for that post on Wednesday, Nolan said.

Qualifying is at City Hall today from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If no one qualifies for Post 1, city officials will have to “review to see what to do” about the potential vacancy on the council, Nolan said.

The qualifying fee for City Council is $144.

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