March 8, 2016
If you have thought about running for political office, now is the time to do so. The only persons not having to qualify this week are those planning to run as an Independent. If you want to run for nonpartisan offices—judges and school board, or as a Republican or Democrat—the rest of the elected offices, you must qualify this week.
From The Monticello News, 3/3/16–
Qualifying Takes Place “This” Week
Qualifying for public office takes place Monday, March 7, through noon Friday, March 11.
Nonpartisan and independent candidates will qualify in the Probate Court office. Democrats are also qualifying in the Courthouse, according to Probate Judge Linda Keller, but as of Tuesday she had not confirmed where Republican qualifying would be held.
The primaries and non-partisan election will be held May 24. The general election is set for Tuesday, Nov. 8 at which time a U.S. President will be chosen along with many local offices decided if there are contenders from more than one party or on the independent ballot.
Locally, offices up for election, and the qualifying fees include Sheriff, $1616.40; Clerk of Superior Court, Tax Commissioner, Probate Judge and Chief Magistrate, $1392.25 each; County Commissioner, $216; Board of Education, $108; Coroner, $42.82, and Surveyor, $10.
The qualifying fees are determined by the rate of pay for the office.
At this time, based on who has announced their intentions to run, there is a three-way race for Chief Magistrate with Bobby Jacobs, Tim Lam and Angie Steele seeking that post; a two-way Republican race for District 5 Commissioner between incumbent Doug Luke and challenger Roger Harrison, and a two-way race for District 3 Commissioner between incumbent Gene Trammell and independent challenger J. Ross Hays.
Just as in the Presidential Preference Primary, voters will pick either a Republican or Democratic ballot in May, and all voters will vote in non-partisan races.