No additional candidates qualified Friday for the unexpired term of District 5 Lowndes County Commissioner John Page, according to the Lowndes County Board of Elections, closing one of the most tumultuous campaign qualifying sessions in years.
One candidate, Roger Christie, who qualified earlier this week for District 5, has withdrawn his candidacy, according to the election board Friday.
It started less than two weeks ago when District 8 state Sen. Tim Golden announced he would not seek reelection after 16 years in the position. Some candidates in other fields reassessed their standings, withdrawing reelection bids in their respective races to announce their candidacies in the wake of openings caused by Golden’s decision.
Page resigned his commission seat to run for the state Senate. Since his commission term did not end until Dec. 31, 2016, he could not retain the county seat and run for state office.
The Lowndes County Board of Elections announced last week it would hold an extra qualifying session for a special election to fill the unexpired commission term. The special election will coincide with the May 20 primary.
Earlier this week, the elections board also extended qualifying for Lowndes County Commission District 3 after incumbent Commissioner Crawford Powell opted to run for state House of Representatives District 174. Powell’s commission district was up for election this year, so he can run for state office while completing his term as county commissioner.
LOWNDES COUNTY COMMISSION
Scott “Scottie” Orenstein (R)
Jody Hall (R)
Tally Mark Wisenbaker, Jr. (R)
Thomas Sims (R)
Don Thieme (D)
Tom Hochschild (D).
SUPER DISTRICT 4
Demarcus A. Marshall (D) (Incumbent)
SUPER DISTRICT 5 SPECIAL ELECTION — NONPARTISAN
G. Norman Bennett
LOWNDES COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD — NONPARTISAN
H. Michael “Mike” Davis (Incumbent)
Biran K. Browning (Incumbent)
JUDGE OF SUPERIOR COURT, SOUTHERN JUDICIAL DISTRICT 041 — NONPARTISAN
James Edward Hardy, Thomasville (incumbent)