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Hopefuls line up for qualifying

5/24/2012

By LOUIE BROGDON
The Brunswick News

The first day of qualifying for partisan primaries in Glynn County ended with 18 Republicans and one Democrat formally entering the local political arena.

Incumbent Venus Holmes was the sole Democrat to qualify for any partisan election on Wednesday in Glynn County. She is seeking reelection to the District 5 Glynn County Board of Education.

Three incumbent Republicans qualified to try to keep their school board seats. Ray Snow qualified for his District 1 seat, John Madala for District 3 and Jerry Mancil for At-large Post 2.

One incumbent and six others qualified for Glynn County Commission races Wednesday.

Incumbent Commissioner Bob Coleman qualified for his At-large Post 2 seat. Challenging him to date are retired Glynn County administrative employee Joyce Crosby Deloach and business owner John Terris.

Veterans advocate Mike Browning, who previously announced his intention to run, qualified for the District 1 commission seat. Commissioner Amy Callaway, the incumbent, is not seeking reelection.

In District 2, the St. Simons Island post held by Tom Sublett, Dale Provensano made good on his announcement to qualify. Sublett is not running again.

The District 5 seat, which takes in most of the city, drew two candidates. Business owner Robbie Tucker and former Brunswick News reporter Anna Hall, who is now a communication specialist for the Jekyll Island Authority, both qualified Wednesday. Incumbent District 5 Commissioner Jerome Clark, the only Democrat on the council, is not running for another term.

Glynn County Undersheriff Ron Corbett and sheriff's deputy Maj. Neal Jump both qualified to run for county sheriff. Sheriff Wayne Bennett is retiring at the end of the year.

The judicial and administrative elected offices were for the most part dominated by incumbents.

Tax Commissioner Florence Dees, Probate Court Judge Debra Howes, Chief Magistrate Timothy Barton and Coroner Jimmy Durden all qualified to keep their offices.

Incumbent Superior Court Clerk Lola Jamsky, who qualified to run for another term, has drawn one opponent so far - Tim Wilson.

The only local partisan office left without a qualifying candidate is the county surveyor position. That office carries no qualifying fee.

Qualifying for partisan offices will continue through noon Friday. Candidates seeking election can qualify with either the Democrat or Republican parties. Independents wishing to run in partisan races can qualify between July 30 and noon Aug. 3.

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