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Qualifying starts Monday for open school board seat

McDuffie County voters will head to the polls again in September to give their approval for the continuation of Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. Voters who are assigned to the poll at the Depot will also choose a new representative for the District 4 seat on the Board of Education.

Elections Superintendent Phyllis Wheeler called for the election after receiving a proclamation from the Board of Education declaring the seat vacant. Ms. Wheeler said qualifying for the vacant seat will be Monday, Aug. 14 through Wednesday, Aug. 16.

Persons interested in qualifying for the seat must have lived in McDuffie County for at least one year prior to the election, must be at least 25 years of age, must be a registered voter, and must reside in District 4.

According to Ms. Wheeler, District 4 encompasses the area east of Jackson Street and south of Gordon Street. District 4 was represented by Nether Ivery until his resignation in May.

Interested candidates may apply between 9 a.m. Monday and noon Wednesday at the Board of Elections office in the courthouse, 337 Main Street, Thomson. A $40 qualifying fee is due at the time of application.

All other county polls will be open for the election of SPLOST IV, which is the continuation of a one-cent sales and use tax. Projects to be funded by the tax are a new junior high school, a new Norris Elementary building, renovations of existing school facilities, and renovations of the Brickyard.

The SPLOST IV and District 4 election will be held from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 19. The last day to register to vote in this election is through 5 p.m., Monday, Aug. 14.

For more information, call the Board of Elections at 706-595-2105.

Web posted on Thursday, August 10, 2006

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