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August 29, 2013

Laird, Perez to vie for spot on Dalton school board

Varnell gets mayoral race

Qualifying for several positions in Whitfield and Murray counties ended on Wednesday, leaving several candidates without opposition for Nov. 5, Election Day, but there will be some contested races locally.

Qualifying for some cities continues through Friday.

Dalton

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 on 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.

Chatsworth

Qualifying in Chatsworth began on Wednesday.

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. The post is currently held by Wayne Graves, who didn’t qualify on Wednesday, City Clerk Wilma Nolan said.

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

Qualifying continues at City Hall today and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The qualifying fee for City Council is $144.

Cohutta

Qualifying in Cohutta began on Wednesday. No one qualified, said an administrative assistant at the law office of Todd Johnson where qualifying is taking place.

The position of mayor, currently held by Don Henderson, as well as two seats on the City Council — one held by Ben Manis and one held most recently by Gabriel Powers — are up for election in November.

Qualifying continues today and Friday from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

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