Last updated: January 16. 2014 4:56PM - 727 Views
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Qualifying for Thomaston’s special election begins next week, while Yatesville is looking to ride the coattails of the federal and possibly state elections in May for its election.

The Thomaston City Council last week approved setting a date of March 18 for the special election to fill the seat of the late District 3 Councilman Dr. Jim Richards, who passed away in September.

Qualifying for the special election will be held at City Hall beginning Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 8:30 p.m., and ending Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. City Hall is closed for lunch each day. Qualifying fee for the District 3 post is $72.

Meanwhile, Yatesville City Council is mourning the death of one of its members, Elmer Kent, 82, who died December 11, 2013, following an extended illness. Mayor Cecil Moncrief said that due to his passing being so close to the holidays, he and Upson County Registrar Brenda Dawson felt it would be hard to get everything set up to use the same special election date of March 18 that Thomaston is using.

Instead, Mayor Moncrief said they will look toward holding their election in May at the same time as the federal, and possibly state, primaries.

“The General Assembly is probably going to have an election in May, that’s what they’re shooting for, anyway,” Moncrief said. “They’re talking about cutting the General Assembly short, so they can go back and campaign. The primaries are supposed to be in July. But the federal government ordered the state to move the federal primaries up to May, so the state is talking about moving theirs up, too, so they can have one election instead of two.

“We will probably have an election at that time. What we’ll do is have our own election. It will be in the same building, but we will have to print the ballots and have someone there to administer them, since it won’t be on the county ballots.

“Ms. Dawson and I looked at the charter, and it said that I or we could appoint someone. The Charter of 1896 says we can, the Charter of 1899 says nothing about it. That’s how old our charters are. But we’ll just go ahead and have an election and be done with it. I’ll let you know the qualifying dates. It will probably be the last week of March. We don’t need a special election to fill the position, so we’ll just wait until the other election rolls around and do it then.”

Larry Stanford may be reached at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter at LarryStanford7.

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