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Anxious candidates qualify to put their names on the ballot


Qualifying for the upcoming May 20 election officially opened today, March 3, at 9 a.m.


In Rockdale County, Board of Commissioner Post 2 Democratic candidate Josie Dean was waiting anxiously at 8:59 a.m. to sign up for the race.


“She was here with her team waiting at the door when we opened up headquarters,” said Tommy Plummer, acting president of the Rockdale Democratic Party. “We had her up and ready to go in about 45 minutes.”


Incumbent Jim McBrayer, who is running for Rockdale School Board, Post 1, also qualified today in Rockdale.

The Rockdale School Board Post 2 also is open but no one had qualified by Monday evening.


In DeKalb County, two people qualified for two at-large school board seats: R. Alexander Fitzhugh, who is running for the District 5 seat, and incumbent Melvin Johnson, who is running for the District 6 seat. 

Four candidates qualified today for the highly contested Sheriff’s race to replace Thomas Brown, who is running for Congress. Those candidates were Dale Bernard Collins, Former DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones, Melody Maddox and Melvin Mitchell.


Incumbent Johnny Panos also qualified today for the seat of State Court Judge. Other DeKalb Board of Education seats that are open include Districts 1, 2, 3 and 4.

The qualifying period ends Friday, March 7.

Pictured at top: L-R: Tommy Plummer and Josie Dean

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