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Qualifying for municipal elections starts
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Election season officially kicks off Monday.

This week, Monday through Friday, is the qualifying period for people to declare their candidacy for the various mayor and council seats in five Liberty County municipalities.

All mayor and council seats in Hinesville, Allenhurst, Gum Branch, Riceboro and Walthourville are up for election Nov. 3. Midway does not hold elections this year.

Each municipality is in charge of its own qualifying, said Ella Golden, Liberty County’s chief registrar and elections supervisor.
According to an advertisement the city of Hinesville placed in Wednesday’s Coastal Courier, qualifying fees are $720 for mayor and $360 for City Council.

Council candidates must be residents of the district they seek to represent for at least 12 months before Election Day, and mayoral candidates must be city residents for at least those 12 months.

Qualifying takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for all municipal elections.

Hinesville candidates qualify at City Hall, 115 E. M.L. King Jr. Drive.

In Riceboro, qualifying is at City Hall, 4614 S. Coastal Highway. Fees are $396 for mayor and $144 for council.

In Walthourville, qualifying is at City Hall, 222 Busbee Road. Fees are $288 for mayor and $144 for council.

In Allenhurst, qualifying fees are $30 for mayor and $20 for council. It was unclear where qualifying will place.

In Gum Branch, no one answered the phone Friday, so the details of qualifying there were unclear.

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