By Thursday afternoon, most incumbents in the partisan and non-partisan seats up for election for the county this year had qualified to run again, but few had opposition. Challengers have until noon today to throw their names in the hat.
The only races for local and state officials representing Cherokee County that have opposition as of press time Thursday are two seats on the Cherokee School Board, the chairman’s position on the Board of Commissioners and the District 22 state House seat.
Cherokee County’s Republican and Democratic parties will qualify candidates for partisan races for the county school board, the board of commissioners and the office of the solicitor general at the conference center at the Bluffs. Independent or Libertarian candidates for those jobs can qualify at the Cherokee County Elections Office.
State House and Senate candidates can sign up at the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office in Atlanta, as can candidates for Cherokee Superior Court judge.
The winners of Republican or Democratic nominations will go on to compete in the November general election. Winners of the non-partisan elections, however, will be chosen in the May 20 race.
Following is a list of candidates who have qualified for Cherokee County elections so far:
State representative, District 20
● Rep. Michael Caldwell (R-Woodstock) (I)
State representative, District 21
● Rep. Scot Turner (R-Holly Springs) (I)
State representative, District 22
● Rep. Sam Moore (R-Macedonia) (I)
● Meagan Biello, Republican
State representative, District 23
● Rep. Mandi Ballinger (R-Canton) (I)
State representative, District 46
● Rep John Carson (R-Marietta) (I)
State senator, District 21
● Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) (I)
State senator, District 14
● Sen. Bruce A. Thompson (R-White) (I)
State senator, District 56
● Sen. John Albers (R-Alpharetta) (I)
Board of Commissioners chairman
● Jacqueline Archer, Republican
● Leavitt B. “Buzz” Ahrens (R-Canton) (I)
Cherokee County commissioners
● District 1 — Harry Johnston (I) Republican
● District 4 — Kenneth Scott Gordon, Republican
Cherokee County Board of Education
● District 3 — John Harmon, Republican
● District 3 — Brett Ladd, Republican
● District 4 — Robert Rechsteiner (Rick Steiner), (I), Republican
● District 5 — Clark Menard, Republican
● District 6 — Mike Chapman, Republican
● District 6 — Susie Tlacil, Republican
Cherokee County solicitor general
● Jessica Moss, Republican (I)
● Judge of Superior Court, Blue Ridge, District 008
● Superior Court Judge N. Jackson Harris (I)
● State Court Judge Alan Jordan (I)