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Candidates get ready to run for local offices

This year's elections in McDuffie County could hold plenty of unknowns for the area. Several positions will be filled as a result of the elections, and some officials are up for reelection.

According to Tiffany Neal with the McDuffie County Elections office, elections will be held for seven offices in McDuffie County.

Tax Commissioner Sandra Whitaker will face opposition in her bid for reelection. Former McDuffie County Election Superintendent Phyllis Wheeler has recently publicized her plans to run for tax commissioner.

"I've been on the other side of the arena," she said. "It's something I had been thinking about for a while, but finally made up my mind to try it."

Toombs Judicial Circuit Chief Judge of Superior Court E. Purnell Davis has chosen to retire at the end of this term. Local lawyer Jimmy Plunkett announced his intention to run for the open Superior Court judgeship.

"I've desired to run for that position since I was a law clerk when I came here 25 years ago, and continue to have a desire to serve in that capacity during my 20-plus years of practice here," Mr. Plunkett said. "It's just something I've always known I wanted to do."

Mr. Plunkett cited a strong since of service and of right and wrong that led him to make the decision to run.

"I've just continued to serve people in everything I've done. That's just what I enjoy doing," he said. "And I think the Superior Court judge position really does allow you to have some time to serve folks in a way that a private practitioner cannot, and also to see that justice is performed equally throughout our circuit."

The Toombs Judicial district covers seven counties: Taliaferro, Glascock, Warren, Wilkes, Lincoln and McDuffie.

The County Commission has three seats on the upcoming ballot. Charlie Newton, the county commission chairman, is up for reelection. Commission seats A and B from District 2 will also be on the ballot.

Darrell Wester and Bob Farr, currently hold those seats. But Dr. Wester said he has not decided if he will seek reelection in the upcoming race.

"I'm still contemplating," he said. "I really haven't got a firm answer for that yet."

Also, Clerk of Superior Court Connie Cheatham will have a reelection bid. Another election on the ballot this year is the Judge of Probate Court position currently held by Albert E. "Gene" Wells.



Web posted on Thursday, April 1, 2004


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