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Qualifying ends with few races

      Qualifying for local offices ended earlier Friday with only the Sheriff's race drawing enough interest for a contested primary on July 31.
      Incumbent county commissioners Edwin Mosley, Carolyn Etheridge and Roy Thompson, along with Commission Chairman Garrett Nevil will run unopposed.
      Also drawing no opposition for re-election are Lee DeLoach, probate judge; June Braswell, magistrate court judge; Gary Mikell, state court judge; Jake Futch, coroner; Joey Cowart, solicitor general; John Dotson, surveyor; and James Deal, tax commissioner.
      Incumbent clerk of court Teresa Tucker, a Republican, will be opposed by Democrat Liz Johnson in November.
In Bulloch school board races, incumbents Mike Herndon and Maurice Hill are running unopposed. Also, LeVon Wilson is running unopposed for incumbent Edwin Hill's seat. Hill chose not to seek another term. Tom Caiazzo and Cheri Wagner are running for David Ball's District 1 seat on the school board. Ball also decided not to run.
      As was reported, Sheriff Lynn Anderson drew two challengers in the July 31 Republican primary. Keith Howard and Tommy Sisson qualified to take on Anderson.
      As expected, four Republicans qualified to try to earn the GOP nomination to take on incumbent District 12 Congressman John Barrow in November. Rick Allen, Lee Anderson, Wright McLeod and Maria Sheffield will face off in the July 31 primary.
      On the state level, State Sen. Jack Hill, along with State Reps. Jon Burns and Butch Parrish, all incumbents, will run unopposed. State Rep. Jan Tankersley has no primary opponent, but 21-year-old student Marc Silver qualified as a Democrat and will face Tankersley in November.

Also, Martha Kirkland Hall qualified to run in the non-partisan race for the Ogeechee Circuit district attorney's seat against incumbent Richard Mallard. They will be on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.

      Look for a complete wrap-up of election qualifying in Saturday's Statesboro Herald and online later at

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