Qualifying in Cohutta began on Wednesday. Ron Shinnick qualified Wednesday to run for mayor, a position currently held by Don Henderson.
Ben Manis also qualified Wednesday to run for re-election for a seat on Town Council. Greg Fowler qualified Thursday to run for a council seat most recently held by Gabriel Powers, who left the seat when he moved from Cohutta.
The top two candidates who receive the most votes will be elected to those seats if more candidates qualify today.
Qualifying is today from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the law office of Todd Johnson where qualifying is taking place.
Qualifying began on Monday in Eton. Mayor Billy Cantrell is running for a second term and qualified on Monday. No one qualified to run on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, said an assistant clerk at City Hall.
The City Council has two posts up for election, one vacant (Post 1) and one held by Steve Shaw (Post 2). No one has qualified for either of those positions yet.
Qualifying is today from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at City Hall.
If no one qualifies to run for those positions, the seats will become vacant and will go into special election held in March, City Clerk Kim Hall said. If that’s the case, city officials will announce new qualifying days, Hall added.
The qualifying fees are $117 for City Council and $156 for mayor.
Qualifying ended on Wednesday in Tunnel Hill. The three incumbents on the City Council up for re-election will be unchallenged this year.
On Monday, Ray Anderson, the incumbent for Post 3, and Mayor Kenny Gowin, the incumbent for Post 5, qualified. Alfred “Hub” Griffin qualified on Tuesday for re-election for Post 4. The City Council elects the mayor from among the council members.