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Candidate qualifying starts today

By Billy Corriher

Qualifying for Clayton County candidates for county and state office begins this week.

Democratic candidates for county offices will qualify at the Harold R. Banke Justice Center on Tara Boulevard in Jonesboro. Qualifying will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon on Friday in room 204 of the courthouse.

The local Republican Party is expected to hold its qualifying session this week at the ceremonial courtroom on the second floor of the Historical Courthouse in Jonesboro.

Qualifying for state-level candidates will be held this week at the state Capitol in Atlanta. Republicans and Democrats will hold qualifying from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to noon on Friday. Call the secretary of state's elections division at (404) 656-2871 for more information.

Candidates in the non-partisan races for state court judge can qualify in the county office of the board of elections and registration in the Historical Courthouse on McDonough Street in Jonesboro. Candidates can come by between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday or 9 a.m. and noon on Friday. For more information, call the board of elections and registration at (770) 477-3370.