The Valdosta Daily Times
The qualifying period for state offices is closed, but due to the last-minute decisions of two county commissioners, the local qualifying period has been extended into this week.
Qualifying for District 3 County Commission reopened Monday due to current Commissioner Crawford Powell’s withdrawal as the incumbent to run for the State Legislature following Rep. Ellis Black’s jump to the Senate race following Sen. Tim Golden’s decision to not seek re-election.
Three candidates joined Tally Mark Wisenbaker (R), who qualified last week for District 3: Thomas Sims (R), Don Thieme (D), and Tom Hochschild (D). Qualifying for this post ended at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
There will be a special election in conjunction with the spring primary to fill the District 5 seat held by Commissioner John Page, who had to resign from the County Commission last week when he qualified for the state senate race. The term for the seat expires Dec. 31, 2016, which is beyond the beginning date of the seat he is seeking, so Page had to resign in order to run for the senate.
Qualifying for the special election will begin 9 a.m. today and ends noon Friday in the office of the Lowndes County Board of Elections. The qualifying fee is $450.