McDONOUGH – Next week, the four cities in Henry County will hold qualifying for candidates in the upcoming elections in November.
Qualifying will start at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 19 and conclude at 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 23, with a one-hour break for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.
In McDonough, the qualifying fee is $360. Three seats in McDonough are up for grabs; the District 3 seat, currently held by Craig Elrod, the District 4 seat, currently held by Kamali Varner, and one of the two at-large seats, currently held by Benjamin Pruett.
In Stockbridge, the qualifying fee is also $360. The seats held by Elton Alexander, John Blount and Neat Robinson will be up for grabs in the November election. Every seat in the Stockbridge City Council is an at-large seat, which means that the council members represent the entire city and are not restricted to specific districts.
The qualifying fee for those running for the Hampton City Council is $252. The seats held by Elton Brown, Henry Byrd and Ann Tarpley will be on the ballot. Similar to Stockbridge, every seat in the Hampton City Council is an at-large seat.
Locust Grove has two separate qualifying fees, owing to the fact that the city has a mayoral election, as well as an election for members of the City Council. The qualifying fee for the mayor’s race is $324, while the qualifying fee for the city council seats is $252.
In addition to Robert Price’s mayoral seat in Locust Grove, the seats held by Vernon Ashe, Otis Hammock and Carlos Greer will be decided in November.