By Valerie Baldowski
The candidate qualifying period has ended, and change appears to be in store for the Henry County Board of Commissioners and some local legislative seats.
The deadline to qualify to get on the ballots in the July primaries was noon on Friday.
Henry County District II Commissioner Rick Jeffares, a Republican, qualified to run for the State Senate District 17 seat, said Janet Shellnutt, Henry County Elections and Registration director. John Douglas, a Republican from Social Circle, announced earlier this week that he would not seek reelection to the Senate seat, but instead, would run for a post on the Public Service Commission.
Qualifying for individuals vying for Jeffares' seat will be June 28 through July 2, with the deadline being noon on Friday, July 2, according to Shellnutt. She said a special election to fill the District II commission seat will be held in November.
In addition to Jeffares, GOP candidates Ester Fleming, Jr., and Todd Hilton will face off in the Republican primary for the Senate District 17 seat. Nicholas P. Day and Jim Nichols qualified in the Democratic primary.
Fleming, 61, of Oxford, works for the Gwinnett County Department of Transportation. Hilton, 44, of Covington, was listed as a technology director/educator. Jeffares, 46, of Locust Grove, is a business owner and project manager for a civil engineering firm in Atlanta.
Day, 65, of Covington, was listed as retired. Nichols, 29, of Stockbridge, was listed as a truck loader and is a past chairman of the Henry County Democratic Party.
In Senate District 10, incumbent Emanuel Jones, a Democrat, was the lone candidate to qualify. Jones, 51, of Decatur, is an automobile dealer.
In Senate District 44, three Democrats will face off in July. They are Mike Glanton, a minister from Ellenwood who has opted not to seek re-election to a State House seat; Gail Davenport, a Realtor from Jonesboro who previously served in the Senate; and Dawn Randolph of Stockbridge, a communications and government affairs consultant.
There are several contested races for House of Representatives seats that include portions of Henry County.
House District 73 Republican incumbent, John Yates, will go into July without a challenger but will face Democrat, Rose Carroll, in November.
Yates, 88, of Griffin, is a retired distribution center manager. Carroll, 49, of Fayetteville, was listed as a Realtor.
House District 78 incumbent, Democrat Glenn Baker, of Jonesboro, will face Democratic challenger, Jackie Anderson-Woods, in July. Baker, 63, retired from Georgia Power. Anderson-Woods, 34, of Lovejoy, was listed as a business owner and, according to her web site, is a native of Jackson, Miss.
House District 90 incumbent, Howard Mosby, a Democrat from Atlanta, will run unopposed. Mosby, 48, is a health care administrator.
House District 91 incumbent, Rahn Mayo, will also run unopposed. Mayo, 34, a Democrat from Decatur, is a real estate broker.
State House District 109 incumbent, Steve Davis, a Republican, will face Democrat Matt Roberts in November. Davis, 39, of McDonough, is a real estate broker. Roberts, 34, also of McDonough, is an attorney.
House District 110 will see a four-way race in the GOP primary. Ron Moon, Tom R. Nicholson, Lee M. Spahos, and Andrew "Andy" J. Welch, III, will run on the Republican ballot.
Moon, 67, of Jackson, was listed as a small-business owner. Nicholson, 63, of McDonough, was listed as a business owner. Spahos, 35, of McDonough, is employed in the financial services sector. Welch, 38, of McDonough, is an attorney, and the chairman of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce.
Democrat Rudy Cox, 57, of McDonough, is an educator who will face off in November against the winner of the GOP primary.
In Henry County Commission races, District V incumbent, Johnny Basler, a Republican, will draw a challenge from Bruce Holmes, a Democrat, in November, according to Shellnutt, the Henry County elections and registration director.
Basler, 50, lives in McDonough and owns two businesses, Basler Hauling -- a dump truck company -- in McDonough and the Biscuits and Brunch restaurant in Stockbridge. Holmes, 44, lives in Ellenwood, according to Gerry Miller, an information technology analyst for the Henry County Elections and Registration Department.
Holmes is a business owner, according to Sam Valme, chairman of the Henry County Democratic Party.
District IV County Commissioner Reid Bowman, 63, who lives in Stockbridge, will run unopposed for another term. Bowman, a Republican, owns a construction company. He was the only candidate to qualify for the race for the seat, Shellnutt added.
Wayne Powers, 39, a Republican who lives in Locust Grove, was the only candidate to qualify for the race for Surveyor, Shellnutt said. Powers said he is a registered land surveyor.