With many city council members and mayors around Cherokee County seeing their terms in office expire this year, qualifying dates and fees for those hoping to take one of the open seats have been announced.
Qualifying in all cities is Aug. 26 to 28.
In Canton, qualifying will cost $63, said City Clerk Susan Stanton. City Councilmen Bob Rush of Ward I, Bill Bryan of Ward II and John Beresford of Ward III will all see their term in office come to a close.
Beresford has yet to say publicly if he plans to seek re-election, but Rush and Bryan both plan to bow out.
So far, five residents have announced their hope to take one of the seats, with John Rust and Farris Yawn vying for Beresford’s seat, Bill Grant announced for Bryan’s and Sandy McGrew and Bob Reilly duking it out so far for Rush’s.
Woodstock will hold qualifying for the mayor’s position and several City Council seats in August. To make a play for Mayor Donnie Henriques’ job, candidates will have to dole out $360, and anyone seeking one of the three council seats up for grabs will pay $270, according to the city’s website.
In March, Henriques and council members Randy Brewer, Bob Mueller and Bud Leonard all announced plans to seek re-election.
The Waleska City Council will see elections for the seats held by Paul Ice, Melissa Fournier and Hill Cochran, said City Clerk Aimee Abernathy.
Abernathy said qualifying will cost $10.
In Nelson, City Council members Jackie Jarrett and Edith Portillo will be up for re-election, City Clerk Brandy Edwards said. The mayor’s seat is also on the table after Mike Haviland’s sudden resignation in May.
Qualifying is $25 and is at the Pickens County Elections Office, Edwards said.
In Ball Ground, Mayor Rick Roberts and City Councilmen John Byrd of Post 4 and Mickey O’Malley of Post 5 will be up for re-election, City Clerk Karen Jordan said.
Jordan said qualifying will cost $108 for the mayor’s job and $35 for the council seats.