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Candidates in May 24 races toe starting line

Candidates in races for multiple local, state, judicial and federal offices began qualifying Monday for the May 24 general and non-partisan primary. The qualifying period ends Friday, March 11, at noon. The following candidates have qualified in partisan races. Sheriff: Incumbent Brad White qualified as a Republican. Frank Usher III qualified as a Democrat. County commission, Dist. 3: Ryran Traylor qualified as a Republican. Incumbent Van Baker will not seek reelection. County commission, Dist. 4: Incumbent Nancy Thrash qualified as a Republican. School board, Dist. 1: Horace Hightower qualified as a Democrat. School board, Dist. 3: Incumbent Susan Byars qualified as a Republican. Tax commissioner: Incumbent Andrea Anthony qualified as a Republican. Clerk of Court: Incumbent Caleb Tyson qualified as a Republican. U.S. Senate: Incumbent Johnnie Isakson, Derrick Grayson and Mary Kay Bacallao have qualified as Republicans. James Knox, Cheryl Copeland, John F. Coyne III and Jim Barksdale have entered the race as Democrats. U.S. House, Dist. 3: Mike Crane of Newnan, Drew Ferguson of West Point, Jim Pace of Peachtree City, Richard Mix of Newnan, Chip Flanegan of Jonesboro, Samuel Anders of Newnan and Arnall ‘Rod’ Thomas of Newnan qualified as Republicans. Tamarkus Cook qualified as a Democrat. State Senate, Dist. 16: Incumbent Marty Harbin of Tyrone has qualified as a Republican. State House, Dist. 130: Incumbent David Knight qualified as a Republican. State House, Dist 131: Incumbent Republican Johnnie Caldwell qualified: District attorney: Jonathan Adams of Forsyth and incumbent Richard Milam of Jackson qualified as Republicans. Coroner: Incumbent Jim F. Smith has qualified as a Democrat. The following candidates have qualified in non-partisan races: Superior court Judge: Incumbent Bill Fears has qualified. Probate Judge: Incumbent Kathy Martin qualified. Chief magistrate: Incumbent Karen R. Jackson qualified.

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