The Douglas County Board of Commissioners is expected to set a resolution for qualifying fees for the 2018 county elections during Monday’s work session, for approval at Tuesday’s voting meeting.
The work session will be held Monday at 10 a.m. on the third floor in the commissioners’ board room. The voting meeting will be held Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. in Citizens’ Hall on the second floor of the Douglas County Courthouse.
According to Laurie Fulton, election supervisor, the offices up for election in 2018:
• District 1 County Commissioner where Democrat Henry Mitchell is the incumbent.
• District 3 County Commissioner where Republican Mike Mulcare is the incumbent.
• District 4 County Commissioner where Republican Ann Jones Guider is the incumbent.
• District 2 Board of Education where Democrat D.T. Jackson is the incumbent.
• District 3 Board of Education where Democrat Tracy Rookard is the incumbent.
• District 4 Board of Education where Democrat Michelle Simmons is the incumbent.
• Chief Magistrate Judge where Republican Susan Camp is the incumbent.
• Solicitor General where Republican Matthew Krull is the incumbent.
Candidates for all of the seats listed above will qualify locally with the party the candidates chooses to affiliate with, Fulton said.
In a nonpartisan race, a new state court judge will be up for election to replace Judge Neal Dettmering, who retired Dec. 31, and qualifying would take place at the Board of Elections in the courthouse — unless Gov. Nathan Deal makes an appointment to fill the position. If Deal makes an appointment, an election would not be held for the state court judgeship until 2020.
Candidates for several other local positions will qualify at the state Capitol in Atlanta. For partisan races, candidates will qualify with their respective parties at the Gold Dome; candidates for nonpartisan races qualify at the Secretary of State's Office:
Those positions qualifying at the Capitol include:
• Douglas County District Attorney currently held by Republican Brian Fortner.
• All eight members of Douglas County's state delegation (State Reps. Kimberly Alexander, D-Douglasville; William Boddie, D-East Point; Roger Bruce, D-Atlanta; J. Collins, R-Villa Rica; Micah Gravley, R-Douglasville; and Sharon Beasley-Teague, D-Red Oak; and State Sens. Mike Dugan, R-Carrollton, and Donzella James, D-Atlanta).
• U.S. House District 13 held by incumbent Democrat David Scott.
• Douglas County Superior Court Judge held by incumbent Cynthia Adams (nonpartisan).
• Douglas County Superior Court Judge held by incumbent David Emerson (nonpartisan).
According to Fulton, qualifying will be held March 5-9. The two parties will run ads as to where they will have qualifying taking place. She said a prospective candidate can go to the Georgia Secretary of State's Office website at http://sos.ga.gov and click under the Elections tab to get the necessary information.