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New district office
    Congressman John Barrow, D-Ga., will open a new office in Statesboro. The official opening will be announced at an open house at Statesboro City Hall, 50 E. Main St., from 3-5 p.m. Friday.
    “You shouldn't have to travel a long distance to meet your congressman and get the help you need,” Barrow said in a news release. “That's why I have congressional offices all across the district I represent. I have great people working for the folks I represent, and the new Statesboro District Office will make it much easier for us to meet with a whole lot more people where they live.”
    Barrow’s staff is available to help residents of the 12th Congressional District with issues from all federal agencies, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, Internal Revenue Service, Social Security Administration and USDA.
    The Statesboro office will be open every Monday and Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The office can be reached by phone at (912) 489-4494.

Editor's Note: This article has been revised to reflect the following correction, which appears in Wednesday's print edition: Because of a reporter's error, Dr. Tom Caiazzo's name and employer were incorrect in an article on the front page of Tuesday's edition. Caiazzo is a professor at East Georgia College. The Statesboro Herald regrets the error.

While Bulloch County voters may already know who plans to run in some local races, qualifying for the general primary elections begins Wednesday.
    Three candidates, including incumbent Lynn Anderson, have already announced intentions to run for the position of Bulloch County Sheriff. Tommy Sisson and Keith Howard, both retired Georgia State Patrol troopers, will challenge Anderson.
    Also, Martha Kirkland Hall has announced she will oppose incumbent Ogeechee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Richard Mallard.
    All three sheriff’s race candidates, as well as both candidates for the district attorney seat, have already placed campaign signs throughout the county and have launched active campaigns.
    Districts 1, 3, 7, and 8 of the Bulloch County Board of Education are up for election. Two incumbents have announced they will not seek reelection.
    “David Ball (District 1) and Edwin Hill (District 3) have notified us that they are not running for reelection,” said Hayley G. Greene, the school system’s spokeswoman.
    “I think eight years is plenty,” Ball said.
    East Georgia College professor Dr. Tom Caiazzo has announced he will run for District 1 and has already begun placing campaign signs in that district.
    Hill said he decided not to run for re-election because it is time for someone new to bring fresh ideas to the table.
    “I certainly appreciate the opportunity the citizens of my district have given me to represent them on the school board,” he said. “Over the last eight years, I feel we have made significant progress in educational opportunities for our children. However, I do believe it is important to have new ideas and thoughts interjected into the educational process of our district.”
    Congressman John Barrow, D-Ga., faces a tough fight to hold onto his seat for a fifth term after the Republican-controlled Georgia General Assembly redrew his 12th Congressional District to eliminate his home base of Savannah, which held a large part of his Democratic base, and add in some more heavily Republican areas, such as the suburbs of Augusta.
    Four Republicans are running against him: Augusta businessman Rick Allen; Rep. Lee Anderson, R-Grovetown; Wright McLeod, an attorney based in Evans, an Augusta suburb; and Maria Sheffield, of Laurens County. They will face each other in the primary, with the winner taking on Barrow in the November general election.
    All of the local legislators who are up for re-election said they plan to run. Those who represent at least part of Bulloch County are: Sen. Jack Hill, R-Reidsville; Rep. Jon Burns, R-Newington; Rep. Butch Parrish, R-Swainsboro; and Rep. Jan Tankersley, R-Brooklet.
    Partisan seats up for election include Bulloch County Commission chairman, currently held by Garrett Nevil; Bulloch County Commission posts 1A (incumbent Ray Mosley), 2A (incumbent Carolyn Etheridge) and 2C (incumbent Roy Thompson.)
    Others are clerk of Superior Court (incumbent Teresa Tucker); Bulloch County tax commissioner (incumbent James Deal); state court solicitor general (incumbent Joey Cowart); Bulloch County coroner (incumbent Jake Futch) and county surveyor.
    Nonpartisan seats up for election include the board of education seats; state court judge (incumbent Gary Mikell); probate court judge (incumbent Lee DeLoach); and magistrate court judge (incumbent June Braswell).
    Qualifying for Democratic, Republican and nonpartisan races begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday and closes at noon Friday, Bulloch County Elections Supervisor Patricia Lanier Jones said.
    Candidates running as independents in partisan races will qualify between 9 a.m. July 30 and noon Aug. 3, she said.
    Qualifying fees for each position are as follows: county commission chairman, $600; county commissioner seat, $225; sheriff, $2,270.25; clerk of Superior Court, $1,894.94;  tax commissioner, $1,894.94; solicitor general, $3,393.08; coroner, $787.50; county surveyor, $100; state court judge, $3,405.48; probate court judge, $1,894.94; magistrate court judge, $1,894.94 and board of education seats, $72.
    Persons wishing to qualify may go to the Bulloch County Courthouse, Room 201, to do so, Jones said.
    The general primary and nonpartisan election is July 31, with deadline for registering to vote in that election being July 2.
    The runoff is Aug. 21. 
    Nov. 6 is the general election, with Dec. 4 as the runoff date. The last day to register to vote in that election is Oct. 8.
    For more information, contact the Bulloch County Board of Elections and Registration at (912) 764-6502 or

Jason Wermers contributed to this article.
    Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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