Qualifying ended Friday for election for the District 3 County Commissioner seat, which was left vacant after the resignation of Rusty Blackston at the end of last month. Blackston stepped down from his post in order to run for County Commission Chairman; there are two years left in his term.
Scotty Hammond was recently appointed to serve as interim commissioner for District 3 by Associate Probate Judge Danielle McRae and will serve in that position until the election is held during the July 31 Primary Election.
According to the Registrar’s Office, Norman Allen, Sylvia Chapman, Brandon Creamer and Ralph Ellington all qualified as Republican candidates and Joel Pitts qualified as a Democratic candidate. However, due to it being a special election, all the candidates will be on one ballot in the July 31 election, with the candidate receiving the majority of the votes being the winner. If no candidate receives a majority of the votes, the two candidates with the most votes will face off in a Runoff Election on August 21.
The special election is being on July 31 in conjunction with the Primary Election. However, those who live in District 3 will have to vote on two separate ballots, as the commission seat will be on a different ballot than the rest of the candidates for the primary.
Residents of Upson County have until July 2 to become a registered voter in order to participate in both the special election and the primary. You may register at the registrar’s office, the library, post office or the Georgia State Patrol office. You may also register online at www.upsoncountyelections.com; simply click on the tab that says “Registration” and follow the links.