Qualifying ended across the state last Friday for the November 4, 2008 General Election ballot. In McDuffie and Warren counties, the Probate Court Judge and certain Board of Education seats are on the ballot. McDuffie County's ballot also will have the Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor race.
According to Brent Dykes, the executive director of the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission, there are 40 soil and water districts in the state, with McDuffie County being a single county district. The local boards are made up of elected and appointed officials.
Currently in McDuffie County, there are three elected positions for the board, but only two are up for election, and both candidates are the incumbents.
"Basically what they are, they are state officials that make local decisions about soil and water issues," Mr. Dykes said.
Soil and water issues include the federal farm bills that offer cost share opportunities to farmers and where that money is spent. The local districts also approve erosion and sediment control plans for urban development.
According to Phyllis Wheeler, the director of the McDuffie County Board of Elections and Registration, the certified candidates on the November ballot for Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor are Larry D. Morris and George Reeves.
With four open seats and several candidates vying for each seat, the McDuffie County Board of Education ballot has a long list of names for the November election.
"I'm very glad to see this response to the election," BOE Chairwoman Virginia Bradshaw said last month at an informative meeting for those considering candidacy. "Most of us ran unopposed when we took office, so we need this interest. It's good to see more people wanting to get involved in the future of our students and what we do in the school system."
- For the McDuffie County BOE Super District 2, the candidates are Paul Leroy (incumbent) and Bob Smith.
- Donnie Callaway and Dorothy Hart (incumbent) for McDuffie County BOE Single District 4.
- Greg Derry, Frank Locklear and Martha Teamer for McDuffie County BOE Single District 5. The seat currently is held by Virginia Bradshaw, who's term has expired.
- Harold Creel, Dexter Lovins, Jim Randolph, Sr., Steve Strouble and Lindy Tudor for McDuffie County BOE Single District 6. The seatcurrently is held by Jerry Randolph, whose term limit has expired.
- The McDuffie County Probate Court Judge candidate is Valerie Burley, who is the incumbent and running unopposed.
- In Warren County, Gwendolyn Tucker, incumbent, is running unopposed for the BOE District 2 seat.
- Charles Culver and James Newsome (incumbent) for the Warren County BOE District 3 seat.
- Cecil Brown and Samantha Gray for the Warren County BOE District 5 seat, which currently is held by Robin Johnson.
- And Janice Thigpen, incumbent, is running unopposed for the Warren County Probate Court Judge.