As qualifying ends, few face opposition
by Jessicah Peters
August 30, 2014 12:35 AM | 2531 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Holly Springs incumbent Dee Phillips, of Post 1, is one of many candidates who will face no competitors in the Nov. 4 election, since they were the sole candidates to qualify.
Holly Springs incumbent Dee Phillips, of Post 1, is one of many candidates who will face no competitors in the Nov. 4 election, since they were the sole candidates to qualify.
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As qualifying for various local elections came to an end Friday, many candidates were the sole qualifiers in their races and are set to run unopposed in November.

The City Council races in Canton and Nelson are the only elections in Cherokee where candidates will face opposition, as no challengers qualified to run against incumbents in Holly Springs, Ball Ground or on the school board.

The Cherokee County Board of Education District 1 seat will go to Kyla Cromer, who now serves as an interim board member, after no one qualified to run against her by the deadline Friday, officials said.

She was the lone candidate to qualify this week with the Cherokee County Board of Elections office, interim Elections Supervisor Kim Stancil said.

Cromer was appointed to the board earlier this year after former school board member Kelly Trim resigned following a felony conviction for lying to police. 

Even though three cities in Cherokee had several council member terms set to expire in December, most candidates will not see opposition.

Holly Springs incumbents Dee Phillips, of Post 1, and Kyle Whitaker, of Post 3, will face no competitors in the Nov. 4 election, since they were the sole candidates to qualify, according to City Clerk Karen Norred.

Both Whitaker and Phillips qualified with Norred on Friday morning.

The city of Ball Ground also had a quiet week.

Post 1 Council member Andrenia Stoner, Post 2 Council member Lee Prettyman and Post 3 Council member Frank Homiller all qualified Monday to run as incumbents.

All three will run unopposed in the election, as nobody qualified to challenge them. 

In Canton, two candidates qualified to fight for the Ward 3 seat in the special election.

Farris Yawn will face off in November against James Buis for the seat left vacant after former council member Glen Cummins resigned to accept the city manager position.

In northern Cherokee, three candidates qualified earlier in August to run for two available seats on the Nelson City Council.

David Leister and Michael Haviland, both former mayors of Nelson, along with Tina Monaghan, will face off to fill two seats on the council.

The two candidates who receive the most votes will be elected to the vacant seats in Nelson.

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