August 28, 2013

Dalton, Varnell get City Council contests as qualifying continues

By Christopher Smith

— At least two local contests are set for Election Day, Nov. 5.

Qualifying for several races in Whitfield and Murray counties began Monday. Qualifying in Cohutta and Chatsworth begins today and ends Friday.


Jafar Ware qualified Tuesday to run for Ward 4 on the City Council. He will face Gary Crews, who qualified to seek re-election on Monday.

Also on Monday, Tate O’Gwin qualified to run for Ward 2 on the City Council, which is currently held by Dick Lowrey, who has said he is not running again.

Sherwood Jones III and Steve Laird qualified to run for the Board of Education on Monday. Two seats are up for election, and the board members who hold those seats, Mark Orr and Steve Williams, have said they will not seek re-election. Jones and Laird did not specify which seat they are running for on their paperwork, said an assistant clerk with the City Clerk’s office. Seats on the city school board are not divided by area.

Qualifying ends today from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at City Hall. The qualifying fee for City Council is $360 and the fee for the Board of Education is $35.

Tunnel Hill

Alfred “Hub” Griffin qualified Tuesday for re-election for Post 4 on the City Council.

On Monday, Ray Anderson, incumbent for Post 3, and Mayor Kenny Gowin, incumbent for Post 5, also qualified. The City Council elects the mayor from council members.

Qualifying ends at City Hall today from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The qualifying fee is $35.


Michael Willocks and Jan Pourquoi qualified Tuesday for Seat 2 on the City Council, City Clerk Pam Garrison said. Both have not held office in Varnell before, Garrison said, adding that Seat 2 is currently held by Brent Newsome, who is not seeking re-election.

On Monday, David Owens resigned from Seat 5 of the council and qualified to run for mayor. Mayor Dan Peeples has said he will not seek re-election. A date for qualifying for Seat 5 is likely to be announced Thursday, Garrison said, adding that the race will go into the same election set for Nov. 5.

Ashlee Godfrey qualified on Monday to run for Seat 1 currently held by James Caldwell. Caldwell is also not planning to run for office again, Garrison said.

Qualifying ends today from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at City Hall. The qualifying fee is $35.


No one qualified in Eton on Tuesday, said City Clerk Kim Hall. Mayor Billy Cantrell is running for a second term and qualified on Monday.

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 so far for either of those positions.

Qualifying continues today through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at City Hall. The qualifying fees are $117 for City Council and $156 for mayor.