Qualifying for a number of county, state and federal offices began Monday, and a number of candidates have already either made it official or announced their intention to run.
In Liberty County, incumbent Sheriff Steve Sikes will face a challenge from retired soldier and former Georgia State Patrol trooper William. Bowman, and County Commission Chairman Donald Lovette will face a challenge from Liberty County NAACP President Graylan Quarterman, who had not qualified but announced his intention to run Tuesday morning on social media.
Other Liberty County incumbents seeking another term are Probate Judge Nancy Aspinwall, Clerk of Courts Linda Thompson, Chief Magistrate Melinda Anderson, Coroner Reginald Pierce, District 4 commissioner Pat Bowen, District 5 Commissioner Gary Gilliard and District 6 Commissioner Eddie Walden.
On the Liberty County Board of Education, incumbents Verdell Jones, District 1, and Carol Guyette, District 3, have qualified to seek another term.
In Long County, qualifiers include incumbent District 1 Commissioner David Richardson; John Reddish, who will run for the District 2 seat being vacated by Mike Riddle; District 3 incumbent Mike Phillips. District 4 incumbent Clifton Deloach is facing a challenge from Jeremy Hall; and incumbent Robert Parker, District 5, is running again.
Long County Board of Education qualifiers include Bruce Deloach, District 2; Linda Sasser Deloach, incumbent in District 4; and District 5 incumbent Julie Norman Dawson, who is being challenged by Bryan Wingate.
In addition, C.Q. Bacon has qualified to run for Long County Coroner.
Qualifying ends Friday.
Early voting for Georgia’s March 24 presidential primary is also under way.
For the Long County Board Education:
District 2, Bruce Deloach.
District 4, Linda Sasser Deloach, incumbent.
District 5, Julie Norman Dawson, incumbent, is challenged by Bryan Wingate.
Sherry McFann Long, incumbent, clerk of superior court.
Bobby Harrison Smith, incumbent, judge of probate court.
Incumbent coroner Emmett Patterson is challenged by Rondy C. Bacon.
Judge of Probate Court, Nancy K. Aspinwall, incumbent
Clerk of Court, Linda D. Thompson, incumbent
Sheriff, William M. Bowen
Steve Sikes, incumbent
Chief Magistrate, Melinda Anderson, incumbent
Coroner, Reginald Pierce. incumbent
County Commission District 4, Patrick Bowen, incumbent
5, Gary Gilliard, incumbent
6, Eddie Walden, incumbent
Chairman, county commission, Donald Lovett, incumbent
Board of Education District 3, Carol Guyett, incumbent
1, Verdell Jones, incumbent