March 4, 2014
If you have ever thought about becoming a County Commissioner, the time has come. Qualifying has begun and will last until noon this Friday, March 7th.
If you live in District 2 or District 4 and have ever thought about becoming a County Commissioner you can pay a qualifying fee of $216, declare if you are a Republican or Democrat, and get your name on the ballot; that is, as long as you go to the Probate Office by noon this Friday and “qualify”.
At present Bruce Henry is up re-election in District 2, and Craig Salmon is up for re-election in District 4.
The primary election will take place on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.
If you haven’t made up your mind about running for a Commissioner’s seat, you can wait and qualify as an Independent between Monday, June 23 and Friday noon, June 27, 2014. You will have to gather names of voters in your district on a petition and turn them in during this qualifying period.
We have got to look at what is going on in our county through a new lens, a lens of financial reality and common sense. We need people that are willing to be a voice for the people and not special interest. Most citizens are uninformed, distracted and disinterested. That makes them prime pickings for elected officials who never let the facts stand in the way of their agenda, and in Jasper County there is definitely an agenda in place!
School Board Districts 1, 3, and 5 are also up for election, and those are non-partisan races. The qualifying fee for school board is $108.
The Probate Court will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 8 a.m. to noon on Friday for those wanting to qualify for local races.