Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

March 8, 2014

Qualifying a horse race

-- — With the announcement earlier this week by Sen. Tim Golden that he was not going to seek reelection this year, candidates seemed to appear from everywhere. Rumors flew all week, the Bird Supper in Atlanta was a rumor mill, and the jockeying for position was more reminiscent of a Kentucky Derby than a typical south Georgia qualifying week.

And it’s not over yet, folks. Because Ellis Black decided to run for Senate and dropped out of qualifying for his House seat, and Crawford Powell decided to drop out of the county commission election to run for Black’s House seat, there will be an extension of qualifying into this week for those positions. Since John Page’s county commission term extended beyond the beginning of the term of the Senate seat he is seeking also, he has had to resign from his district, which will have to be added to the election cycle this year.

Keeping up with this horse race has been interesting and a bit exhausting for local political leaders and party members, but if the end result is more choices and better candidates for voters to choose from, then it will all have been worthwhile.

Kudos to all those who have entered the race. Please run a clean, honest campaign and may the best candidates win.

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