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Forsyth County News
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Candidates for Forsyth County school board and commission must qualify in the Forsyth County Administration Building on 110 East Main St., Suite 200, in Cumming. The school board qualifying fee is $36, while commission is $126.

The following candidates must register at the Secretary of State’s Elections Division Office at 1104 West Tower, 2 MLK Jr. Dr. in Atlanta. The fees are as follows:

• U.S. Senator: $5,220
• U.S. Representative: $5,220
• Governor: $4,180.18
• Lieutenant Governor: $2,748.28
• Secretary of State: $3,709.10
• Attorney General: $4,133.74
• State School Superintendent: $3,698.10
• Commissioner of Agriculture: $3,646.70
• Commissioner of Insurance: $3,611.83
• Commissioner of Labor: $3,647.11
• Public Service Commissioner: $3,493.57
• State Senator: $400
• State Representative: $400
• Justice of Supreme Court: $5,016.29
• Judge of the Court of Appeals: $4,985.59
• Judge of Superior Court: $3,607.56
• District Attorney: $3,430.61
Local election and political party officials are getting ready for qualifying week.

“I’m excited,” said Forsyth County Elections Supervisor Barbara Luth. “I don’t know how many we’ll have qualify ... but we’ll have a table out there to help anyone that needs some help.”

Qualifying week begins at 9 this morning and runs through noon Friday.

Candidates qualifying for Forsyth County school board or commission seats must qualify in the Forsyth County Administration Building.

The cost to qualify is $36 for school board and $126 for commission candidates. Open seats are Districts 1 and 3 commission board and Districts 1 and 2 school board.

All other candidates must report to the Secretary of State’s Election Division Office in Atlanta.

Only Democrats and Republicans can qualify this week, and all fees must be paid to their respective parties.

Since they don't participate in the primary election, Independent candidates will have between June 28 and July 2 to qualify.

Both Ricia Maxie, chairwoman for the Forsyth County Democratic Party, and Ethan Underwood, chairman for the local GOP, said their members have volunteered to work in shifts since both parties must be present during all available hours of qualifying week to collect fees.

“We haven’t heard about any Democrats running yet, and we would love to have a Democrat qualify to run [for each office]," Maxie said. “We’ll find out.”

Underwood expects to be busy, as there are at least three school board and four county commission hopefuls who have said they intend to run as Republicans.

“We’re starting to meet several different candidates as the people are coming out and are starting to announce,” he said.

“I think it’s going to be a very exciting type of campaign ... The incumbents are good candidates and so are all the new folks, so it will be a lot of fun.”

The two-year term is up for all 56 state senators and all 180 state representatives, whose $400 qualifying fee is the lowest of all state offices.

U.S. congressional candidates have the most expensive fee at $5,220.

Just one of the state’s two U.S. Senate seats, currently held by Republican Johnny Isakson, is open this year. It carries a six-year term.

All 13 U.S. House seats are up for election, including District 9, which covers a large part of Forsyth.

Incumbent Nathan Deal recently stepped down to run for governor.

A May 11 special election will fill the empty seat through Jan. 2.

All candidates who want to hold the office past January must run again in the July primary and in the general election in November.

“They’ll have to go to the state and requalify for the primary,” Luth said. “Even though they don’t know who won and who didn’t win and they haven’t even had this election, they’ll have to qualify for the next one.”