The deadline is approaching for candidates who want to run for an open state Senate seat in western Georgia. Residents intending to run for the seat previously held by state Sen. William Hamrick must qualify for the special primary by noon Friday.
Anyone in Augusta wanting to run for county commission and school board won’t be filing their paperwork this week during the qualifying period. A federal court has yet to redraw lines for those election districts.
Candidates across Georgia will descend on the state Capitol and local election offices starting Wednesday to declare themselves for local, state and Congressional races. When the qualifying period closes on Friday, campaigning will begin in earnest for the July 31st primary.
Hundreds of candidates will descend on the state Capitol starting Wednesday to qualify for legislative elections. But those challenging incumbents with deep pockets face long odds. More than 100 of the state's 236 lawmakers won re-election in 2010 unopposed and only eight lost their seats.
Candidates for some local offices may not know what districts they’re running in this year. In Athens, for example, newly-drawn districts with 2010 census data are awaiting federal approval. But candidates can’t wait.