Candidates for city elections in Brooklet, Portal, Register and Statesboro must qualify next week with the clerks at their town halls.
Only in Statesboro and Register are mayors up for election this year, but all four towns in Bulloch County have council seats due to appear on their respective Nov. 7 ballots.
The statewide qualifying period for city elections is Aug. 21-25. Most clerks’ offices open for this purpose at either 8:30 a.m. or 9 a.m. Monday, and qualifying will cease at 4:30 p.m. Friday. Some of the clerks close their offices for lunch.
In addition to Statesboro’s mayor’s office, currently held by Jan Moore, the District 1 council seat held by Phil Boyum and the District 4 council seat held by John Riggs are due for election. All three incumbents have all said they will seek re-election.
In Statesboro, the qualifying fee for mayor is $560. The qualifying fee for a City Council seat is $227. The City Charter states that a mayor must have been a resident of Statesboro for at least two years and be at least 30 years old. A council member must be at least 25 years old and have been a resident of the district he or she represents for at least 12 months immediately preceding the election.
City Clerk Sue Starling is in charge of qualifying at Statesboro City Hall, 50 E. Main Street. Qualifying opens at 8:30 a.m. Monday.
In Brooklet, the three council posts scheduled to appear on the ballot are Seat 3, held by Jim Stanoff; Seat 4, held by Greg Schlierf; and Seat 5, held by William Griffith. City Administrator and Clerk Angela Wirth is in charge of qualifying at Brooklet City Hall, 104 Church St., where the hours advertised for this purpose are 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. daily.
The candidate qualifying fee for a council seat in Brooklet is $54. A council member must have been a resident of the city for 12 months immediately preceding the election and must be at least 18 years old, according to Article II, Section II of Brooklet’s code of ordinances.
Brooklet, Portal and Register all elect council members at-large, with voters all over town helping to choose members for all of the seats.
The Portal City Council seats up for election are Post 1, currently held by Sissy Carter, Post 3, held by Jerry Lanigan, and Post 4, which is currently open. When qualifying, a candidate will need to identify the seat sought and fill out the proper forms, stated the recent public notice issued by Qualifying Clerk Mike Arrieta. The qualifying fee for each council seat is $45.
The clerk’s office at Portal City Hall, 27709 U.S. Highway 80 West, will be open for qualifying from 8:30 a.m. until noon and from 1 p.m. until 4:30 Monday through Friday.
In Register, in addition to the mayor’s office, currently held by Barbara Rushing, the council seat held by T.J. Newman and an open seat, vacant since January, are up for election. The qualifying fee for mayoral candidates is $25; the fee for council candidates is $15. Officially, the Register Town Council seats up are Seat 1 and Seat 2.
Rushing has said she intends to seek re-election.
The posts due for election in all of the towns have four-year terms, and the election is for the term beginning Jan. 1, 2018.
For citizens who are not currently registered voters or who have moved, the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 7 election is Tuesday, Oct. 11. The Bulloch County Board of Elections and Registration office, 113 North Main Street, Suite 201, Statesboro, handles voter registration. Online voter registration is possible at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov, which also provides mail-in forms.