Campaigning soon will begin for open seats on both McDuffie and Warren counties' Boards of Education. Qualifying ended at noon Friday, with two candidates entering the race for McDuffie County's Single District 7 and Warren County's District 1. Other open seats had only one person qualify for each, according to McDuffie County Elections Director Kelvin Williams and Warren County Elections Official Jeremy Rachels.
Running for Super District 1 is Beatrice Hart-Moss. The seat currently is held by BOE Chairwoman Georgia Hobbs, whose term limit is expiring the end of this year. Ms. Hart-Moss has served on the McDuffie Board of Education in the past, and continued to attend BOE meetings after she no longer held office.
Incumbent Ella Mae Samuels qualified for Single District 3. Reverend Samuels was elected to that position in 2006. She will have no opponent in the race.
Incumbent Richard "Rick" McCorkle qualified for Single District 7. Mr. McCorkle has held the position for the past four years, and currently is the board's vice-chairman.
Running against him will be Kelly Shelton Evans.
Mrs. Evans is the director of the Housing Authorities in Thomson, Harlem and Warrenton. She has two children in elementary school in McDuffie County.
"I have felt called to run for several years," she said. "I think I can help -- it's that simple. I take it very seriously."
District 1 had two candidates qualify, according to Mr. Rachels. Incumbent Clara Roberts is seeking another term on the school board. Mrs. Roberts, who has served four years, was chairwoman of the board for a few months this year. She resigned as chairwoman in March, after the school board underwent two investigations by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and two liaisons were sent by Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to work with the board.
A court hearing took place earlier this week in which a judge was to rule on whether Governor Perdue could remove Mrs. Roberts and two other board members from their positions. See the story on the front page of this edition for more information.
Sandy Yelton also qualified for the District 1 seat. Mrs. Yelton is the deputy coroner of Warren County.
Incumbent Randy Morris qualified to run for District 4. Mr. Morris serves as vice-chairman of the current school board.
Mr. Rachels said all terms for the Warren County BOE are four years, but there is no limit to how many terms a member can serve as long as they are re-elected.
Election is set for Tuesday, Nov. 2.