On your mark, get set – Go-o-o!
Election, 2008 officially underway

By Lee Coleman, Managing Editor
The Thomaston Times
Thomaston, Georgia
April 30, 2008

It is now official. Election, 2008 is alive and well in Upson County.

At precisely 9 a.m. Monday morning the bell tolled for the start of candidate-qualifying for eight post in preparation for July 15th and the partisan primary.

Voters will choose a new county, commission chairman, three new county commissioners, a coroner, a tax commissioner, a clerk of Superior Court and a sheriff.

“We’re ready,” said Election Superintendent Norma Hodge, a 32 year veteran of the election processes. “Everything is on the table and ready to go.”

“Elections are very interesting. I love them. I love people and I love challenge, but I don’t want to appear before the state board. I want everything to go right.”

As of press time Tuesday, the following candidates have qualified:

Commission Chairman:
Maurice Raines...Democrat
Bill Maher...Republican
Ed Crews...Republican
Anthony South...Republican

Don Peacock...Democrat...(incumbent)

Clerk of Superior Court:
Linda Hallman...Democrat

Tim Cochran...Republican...(incumbent)

County Commission District 2:
Claude Turner...Republican

“We have quite a few new ones who will be qualifying, but they have worked in the system.” Noted Hodge. “Except for District 2 candidate Claude Turner.

“It (qualifying) will start out fast, then it will slow, but Friday at five minutes until 12, I expect to be busy.

“I hope I do my job well. I just want to do my best. May the best person win.

Ref: The Thomaston Times newspaper, Thomaston, Georgia, Number 52, page 1, Wednesday, April 30, 2008

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