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Qualifying begins Monday morning

Qualifying for county offices opens Monday and officials with both the Democratic and Republican parties are prepared.
Republican candidates will no longer qualify at the offices of Hester Insurance Agency, but will go instead to Rockdale Transport at 750 U.S. Hwy. 84 in Cairo to qualify.
Democratic candidates will continue to qualify at the offices of The Cairo Messenger.
Qualifying runs Monday, March 3 through Thursday, March 6 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and from 9 a.m. until noon on Friday, March 7.
Candidates for State Court Judge will qualify with Probate Judge Denise Maddox at the courthouse.
Other offices up for election this election cycle include Solicitor General of the State Court, County Commissioner for Districts 2 and 5, and Board of Education for Districts 2 and 5.
Three candidates have announced plans to seek election as judge of the State Court of Grady County including Joshua C. Bell, K. Todd Butler, and Jami Lewis.
Incumbent Solicitor General Kevin S. Cauley is the only candidate who has announced plans to qualify for election to solicitor.
District 5 Grady County Commissioner T.D. David announced his plans this week to seek election to a second term.
District 2 Grady County Commissioner Billy Poitevint has not announced if he would seek reelection.
District 2 Grady County Board of Education member Drew Pyrz has said he would not seek re-election, but no candidates have stepped forward to take his place to date.
Dave Dumas was appointed to the school board late last year to fill the vacancy created by the departure of Scott Higginbotham.
A total of eight candidates, including Dumas, put their names in the hat to be considered for the appointment last year. Dumas is expected to qualify for election, but it is not known if one of the other prospective candidates or someone else may also qualify for election to a four year term as the District 5 school board member.

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