By Valerie Baldowski
Residents, who think they have the right stuff to handle the people's business, will have the opportunity to prove it, as qualifying for local offices begins on Monday.
The period for potential candidates to qualify is next week, April 26-30, according to Janet Shellnutt, Henry County Elections and Registration director.
Candidates will be able to file their paperwork and pay the qualifying fee from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m., April 26-29, and from 9 a.m., to noon on April 30, Shellnutt said.
"The Democratic Party will qualify out of my office," she said. "The Republican Party will qualify at their headquarters."
Shellnutt's office is located at 345 Phillips Drive, in McDonough. The headquarters of the county's Republican Party is at 1729 Highway 42 North, in McDonough, according to Henry County Republican Party Chairman Mike Eddy.
Shellnutt said the posts that will be contested this year, include: Chief State Court Judge; Chief Magistrate Court Judge; Henry County Solicitor General; Henry County Board of Commissioners District IV and District V seats, and the Henry Board of Education's District IV seat.
Qualifying fees will be 3 percent of the base salary of the position, Shellnutt said.
The fees will be $4,222.33 for State Court Judge; $4,011 for Chief Magistrate Court judge; $4,063.07 for Solicitor General; $1,318.18 for County Commission; and $501.36 for School Board, she said.
The Republican and Democratic primaries will be held on July 20, and the runoffs, if needed, will be Aug. 10, added Shellnutt.