Qualifying wraps up for most races at noon Friday, with qualifying for the Cherokee County State Court judge races set to end at noon Saturday.
Candidates for state offices who qualified on the first day to run as Republicans included incumbent state Rep. Charlice Byrd (R-Woodstock) and challenger Michael Caldwell for State House District 20; incumbent state Rep. Calvin Hill (R- Hickory Flat) for State House District 21; and House District 22 incumbent Rep. Sean Jerguson (R-Holly Springs and candidate Scot Turner for District 22.
For the new House District 23 seat, Alan Shinall of Acworth and Dean Sheridan of Woodstock both qualified to run.
Senate District 21 incumbent Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) and challenger Brandon Beach both qualified on the first day.
Incumbent Senate District 56 Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell) made it official, as did Senate District 14 Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R-Cartersville.) Both districts include portions of Cherokee County under new maps.
Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Ellen McElyea qualified to run again for her seat on the bench, and attorney Mark Shriver put up his fee to run for the position now held by Superior Court Judge Frank Mills.
Assistant District Attorney Shannon Wallace qualified to run for District Attorney of the Blue Ridge Circuit.
On the local level, candidates who qualified for the July 31 Republican primary include three vying for tax commissioner — present Tax Commissioner Sonya Little, Robert Wilkie and Kenny Phelps.
Incumbent Sheriff Roger Garrison and challenger David Waters both qualified to run for the top law enforcement slot in the county on the July Republican ballot.
Incumbents Cherokee County Clerk of Courts Patty Baker, Magistrate Judge James Drane and Probate Court Judge Keith Wood all put down their qualifying fees to run for another term in office.
Incumbent Jim Hubbard qualified to run for the Cherokee County Commission District 2 and Chris Hampton qualified for District 3 for the county commission.
Janet Read qualified to run for the newly created school board chair, and Kelly Marlow for the newly created school board Post 1. Patsy Jordan qualified to run for school board Post 2, the seat now held by incumbent Kim Cochran.
Incumbent County Coroner Earl Darby also paid his fee to seek another term in office.
County level candidates qualify at the Cherokee County Administrative Complex and Conference Center at the Bluffs.
Democrats qualify in the Warluskee Room and Republicans in the Sutallee Room.
Non-partisan races qualify at the Cherokee County Voters Registration Office in downtown Canton.
County Elections Supervisor Janet Munda said Jeff Rusbridge and incumbent Dee Morris have both qualified for the two state court judge seats.
Cherokee County Democratic Party Chair Georgette Thaler said no Democratic candidates qualified on Wednesday for local races.
Cherokee County Republican Party Chair Bob Rugg said the qualifying process on Wednesday went “very smoothly.”
He said he anticipates more to qualify today.
“For the first day of qualifying, I figured it would be about what we got,” he said Wednesday. “There may be a few left over for Friday but I think mostly we’ll finish up tomorrow.”