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March 7, 2014

Qualifying comes to a close

Qualifying for the May 20 general primaries closed on a slow note Friday, with only a handful of candidates qualifying for local offices.

• Whitfield County Board of Commissioners District 1: Renee Davis, Cody Holloway, Barry Robbins and Nicky Starling all qualified for the Republican primary. Incumbent Gordon Morehouse, a Republican, has said he will not seek re-election. The Whitfield County Democratic Party had not turned in any candidate qualifications as of Friday afternoon.

• Whitfield County Board of Commissioners District 3: Roger Crossen was the only person to qualify for the Republican primary. Incumbent Robby Staten, a Republican, has said he will not run for re-election.

• Whitfield County Board of Education District 2: Incumbent Rodney Lock and Jamie Johnson qualified for the Republican primary.

• Whitfield County Board of Education District 4: Incumbent Louis Fordham was the only person to qualify for the Republican primary.

• Whitfield County Board of Education, At Large: Brian Fossett and incumbent Bill Worley qualified for the Republican primary.

• Conasauga Superior Court: Incumbent Judge David Blevins, Jim Wilbanks and Scott Helton qualified for the post currently held by Blevins. Judge William Boyett and Judge Cindy Morris were the only individuals to qualify for the posts they currently hold. Those races are nonpartisan and the court covers both Whitfield and Murray counties.

• Murray County Chief Magistrate: Incumbent Gale Buckner and Dwayne Hooper qualified for this position. This race is nonpartisan, so the winner will be decided during the primary.

• Murray County Board of Education District 5: Incumbent Robbie Moore and Frank Loyd qualified for the Republican primary. No Democrats qualified for this race.

• Murray County Board of Education District 6: David Long and incumbent Brenda Sandlin qualified as Republicans. No Democrat qualified.

• Murray County Board of Education District 7, At Large:  Incumbent Jackie Rogers qualified for the Republican primary. Tim Howard qualified as a Democrat.

• State Senate District 54: Sen. Charlie Bethel qualified for re-election in the Republican primary. No Democrat qualified.

• State House of Representatives District 2: Rebecca Ann Brown, Ebeth Edwards and incumbent Rep. Steve Tarvin of Chickamauga qualified for the Republican primary. No Democrat qualified. The district includes parts of Whitfield, Catoosa and Walker counties.

• State House of Representatives District 4: Rep. Bruce Broadrick of Dalton qualified for re-election in the Republican primary. No Democrat qualified. The district includes the city of Dalton as well as some surrounding precincts.

• State House of Representatives District 5: Rep. John Meadows of Calhoun qualified for re-election in the Republican primary. No Democrat qualified. The district includes parts of Murray and Gordon counties.

• State House of Representatives District 6: Sarah Fields and incumbent Rep. Tom Dickson of Cohutta qualified in the Republican primary. No Democrat qualified. The district includes parts of Whitfield and Murray counties.

• State House of Representatives District 11: Incumbent Rep. Rick Jasperse of Jasper qualified for re-election in the Republican primary, and Charles “Chuck” Hendrix qualified for the Democratic primary. The district includes parts of Murray, Gordon and Pickens counties.

• U.S. House of Representatives District 14: Kenneth L. Herron Sr. and incumbent Rep. Tom Graves of Ranger qualified for the Republican primary. The district includes Whitfield and Murray counties.

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