One Democrat anted up to run for state House District 20 and a second Republican challenger to incumbent U.S. Congressman Phil Gingrey came forward on Thursday as qualifying continued.
Candidates still have until noon today to qualify, with qualifying for the two Cherokee County State Court judgeships continuing until 5 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
Lillian Burnaman, 56, a teacher who lives in Lebanon, has qualified to run as a Democrat against the winner of the Republican primary for House District 20. Incumbent Rep. Charlice Byrd is facing Michael Caldwell in the July 31 primary.
Gingrey, 69, of Marietta will face challengers Michael Opitz of Marietta and William Llop of Sandy Springs in the Republican primary July 31.
Opitz, 66, is listed as a mediator and arbitrator and Llop, 53, as a certified public accountant on information from the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.
County Elections Supervisor Janet Munda said “everything went well” on Thursday.
Cherokee County Solicitor General David Cannon Jr. made it official that he will seek the Superior Court judge’s seat being vacated by long-term Chief Judge Frank Mills.
Locally, Danny Dukes, a member of the Georgia Charter Educational Foundation and Woodmont resident, qualified to run for the newly created Cherokee County Board of Education countywide chairperson seat. School board Vice Chairwoman Janet Read qualified for the seat on Wednesday.
Kyla Cromer made it official that she will seek the Board of Education District 1 seat, which does not have an incumbent. Kelly Marlow qualified on Wednesday for the post.
Republican incumbent Kim Cochran qualified for the school board District 2 seat. She will face off with challenger Patsy Jordan.
County Board of Commissioners candidate Brian Poole qualified for District 3, which won’t have an incumbent as Karen Bosch has declined to seek re-election. Chris Hampton will also be on the ballot for the seat. District 2 challenger Channing Ruskell qualified to challenge Republican incumbent Jim Hubbard.
On the state level, Democrat Akhtar Sadiq qualified to run against incumbent John Albers for the Senate District 56 seat.
Republicans Mandi Ballinger and Harold Welchel qualified for the newly created House District 23. Already Alan Shinall and Dean Sheridan are qualified to contend for the seat as Republicans.
Republican incumbent John Carson and challenger Martin Hawley qualified for House District 46.