Three Cherokee County contenders, Dwight Pullen, 53, of Canton, Nicole Ebbeskotte, 42, of Woodstock and Dean Sheridan, 51, of Acworth, made it official as the second day of qualifying came to a close Tuesday for the Nov. 5 special election for Loudermilk’s District 14 seat, said Cody Whitlock, spokesman for the Secretary of State’s Office.
Two residents from Bartow County, Matt Laughridge, 25, of Cartersville, and Bruce Thompson, 48, of White, have also said they planned to qualify for the seat, which covers large parts of Cherokee and Bartow counties and a small portion of Cobb.
But neither of the potential candidates from Bartow qualified Tuesday and Laughridge and Thompson have until noon today, when qualifying ends, to travel to Atlanta and pay their $400 qualifying fees to make their candidacies official.
Cherokee County Supervisor of Elections and Registration Janet Munda said if the Bartow contenders enter the race, the number of candidates could mean a runoff election might be necessary to find a replacement for Loudermilk, who resigned to devote more time to his run for U.S. Congress to serve the 11th District.
“It has a greater possibility,” Munda said Tuesday.
Munda said for the Nov. 5 election for Loudermilk’s seat to not result in a runoff election, one of the candidates has to pull in at least 51 percent of the votes.
If none of the hopefuls can accomplish that feat, a runoff between the top vote-getting candidates would be scheduled for Dec. 2, Munda said.
And like the addition of Loudermilk’s seat to the ballot in the Nov. 5 election, which was originally planned to only be held in Cherokee County for city elections, Munda said the cost to the taxpayers of the county would be about $20,000.