Qualifying for seats on the Board of Education began Monday at the Board of Elections office. Open for election are three seats - Super District 1, currently represented by Georgia Hobbs, Single District 3 which is represented by Louise Burgess, and Single District 7, represented by Mike Love.
Three people had qualified as of The Mirror's deadline Tuesday evening, according to McDuffie Elections Superintendent Phyllis Wheeler. Mrs. Hobbs and Mr. Love have both qualified as incumbents, and Rick McCorkle, the manager of Bi-Lo, has entered the race for District 7 against Mr. Love. Neither Mr. Love nor Mr. McCorkle were available Tuesday for comment.
Mrs. Burgess cannot run again as her term limit has expired. Ms. Wheeler said if no one qualifies for Mrs. Burgess' district, then the qualifying time will be extended. She said District 3 encompasses the areas around Cherokee Drive, Dallas Drive, up Washington Road to the Interstate, Pine Street and Wrightsboro Road.
The election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 7. According to Ms. Wheeler, voters at the Queen of Angels Catholic Church poll will have two positions on their ballots, because both Single District 3 and Super District 1 are included in their region.
An additional special election will be called to fill the District 4 seat, which was occupied by Nether Ivery until his resignation in May. Ms. Wheeler said she is waiting for the School Board's attorney to submit the resolution for her to call the special election.
Qualifying for Super District 1, Single District 3 and Single District 7 continues until noon on Friday, June 30. To qualify, candidates must be at least 25 years of age and must reside in the district they are representing. A $40 qualifying fee is due at the time of application.
Interested candidates may apply at the Board of Elections office in the courthouse, 337 Main Street, Thomson. For more information, call the elections office at 706-595-2105.