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Qualifying for municipal elections begins Monday

Sunday, August 20, 2023–4:40 p.m.

-David Crowder, WRGA News-

Qualifying for the upcoming municipal elections in November begins today.

Six of the nine seats on the Rome City Commission will be on the ballot, according to Rome City Clerk Joe Smith.

“Ward One and Ward Three with three from each ward,” he said. “That election will take place on November 7. We will open up at Rome City Hall at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, August 21, and close on Friday, August 25 at 4:40 p.m. Again, we will do qualifying at city hall, so all candidates can come in and we will provide the forms, and help each candidate through the process.

The current Ward One commissioners are Mark Cochran, Jim Bojo, and Sundai Stevenson. Current Ward Three commissioners are Bonny Askew, Bill Collins, and Craig McDaniel.

The qualifying fee is $360, which is 3% of a commissioner’s $12,000 salary. The salary is currently $8,400 but a raise approved in 2022 takes effect in January.

In Cave Spring, two of five seats are on the ballot—posts 1 and 2, currently held by Tom Lindsey and Joyce Mink.

Qualifying is also from Monday at 8 a.m. until Friday at 4:30 p.m. at Cave Spring City Hall.

The qualifying fee is $45.