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Qualifying continues in Forsyth County for primary on May 24

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FORSYTH COUNTY — Contests for several elected offices in Forsyth County are taking shape as qualifying for the May 24 General Primary continues.

No one qualified for any posts on Wednesday, election officials said.

However, those qualifying Tuesday as Republicans included: Ron Freeman for sheriff; Kelli Warren for county commission District 4; Chandon Adams for county commission District 5; and Todd Jones for state Rep. District 25.

Qualifying opened Monday with more than 22 people, including at least 16 incumbents and several newcomers, filing the necessary paperwork and fees to run.

Prospective candidates can register at the county administration building from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily through Thursday and 8 a.m.-noon on Friday.

The requirements and cost to sign up depend on the office. Those qualifying to seek state offices must do so in Atlanta.

Among the local positions on the ballot are sheriff, judges, county commission seats for Districts 2, 4 and 5 and board of education posts for Districts 3, 4 and 5. State lawmakers also are up for re-election this year.

Incumbents who qualified for re-election for local offices Monday as Republicans included: Clerk of Courts Greg Allen; Probate Judge Lynwood Jordan; Sheriff Duane Piper; Tax Commissioner Matthew Ledbetter; District 4 Commissioner Cindy Mills; District 3 Board of Education member Tom Cleveland; District Attorney Penny Penn; and Superior Court Judge David Dickinson.

They were joined by: Stan Rutledge, deputy coroner, who is running for coroner; Richard Swope for the District 2 commission post; and Justin Hawkins for District 5 commission seat.

Anita Tucker qualified as a Democrat to run for the District 5 school board post.

County Commissioners Brian Tam, in District 2, and Jim Boff, in District 5, have each said they won’t seek re-election.

The official entry of Warren in District 4 and Adams in District 5 sets up two contested races for county commission. Warren is challenging incumbent Cindy Jones Mills, while Adams faces Hawkins.

Freeman, a former longtime employee of the local sheriff’s office, hopes to unseat Piper at the head of the law enforcement agency.

Six of the seven members of Forsyth County’s state legislative delegation qualified Monday.

The seventh, District 25 state Rep. Mike Dudgeon of south Forsyth, announced in January that he would not run again due to his growing business.

Republican Sens. Steve Gooch of District 51 and Michael Williams of District 27 and Republican state Reps. Sheri Gilligan of District 24, Geoff Duncan of District 26, Kevin Tanner of District 9 and Wes Cantrell of District 22 all made their intentions official.

On Tuesday, Gooch drew a challenge from John Williamson, a retiree from Ellijay. The district includes a corner of north Forsyth.

Todd Jones, a technology executive and south Forsyth resident, qualified Tuesday to run for Dudgeon’s post, setting up a match with Stuart Jones, a financial planner, who registered Monday.

U.S. Reps. Rob Woodall of District 7 and Doug Collins of District 9 each qualified, though both will receive a challenge.

Collins, whose district includes north Forsyth, will go up against fellow Republican Roger Fitzpatrick, an educator from Cleveland.

Woodall will face a challenge from Democrat Rashid Malik of Lawrenceville, who is CEO of Malik College in Chamblee. District 7 covers south Forsyth and a large swath of Gwinnett County.

Once qualifying is complete, the county will begin working toward the primary. Advance voting will take place for three weeks prior to that election, beginning May 2.