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Glynn County's election results became official Friday, but that doesn't mean all the races are resolved. While preparing for three runoff elections on Aug. 21, election officials learned school board races got more crowded Friday.

Unsatisfied with the candidates in two school board races, two independent candidates have stepped forward to qualify for the posts in the Nov. 6 General Election.

Glynn County Board of Elections Supervisor Cindy Johnson said two candidates met the Friday noon deadline for submitting their intent of candidacy.

In the District 1 race, Lakana Bolden is the independent who will face the winner of the Republican runoff between incumbent Ray Snow, who got 44 percent of the vote in the primary, and Ingrid Metz, who collected 36 percent of the vote.

In the District 5 race, independent Zack Lyde will be the third candidate in a race between incumbent Democrat Venus Holmes and Republican opponent Dee Rogers.

"By noon Monday, their nomination petitions are due back," Johnson said.

The petitions show citizen support through signatures, she said.

It will take the elections board two weeks to verify signatures and confirm their candidacies.

Johnson said there were a few provisional and overseas ballots that had to be counted before she could send the state the final primary election results Friday, but they didn't change the outcome of any of Tuesday's races.

The closest race, the County Commission District 5 Republican primary, did not have any overseas or provisional votes, so the unofficial numbers from Tuesday became official Friday. The District 5 commission runoff will feature Robbie Tucker, who had 48 percent of the vote, and Tashawnta Wells, who garnered 29 percent of the vote.

The third runoff will feature the top two-vote getters from a field of five candidates seeking the State Court judge position. Bart Altman, who got 45 percent of the vote, will face Alan Tucker, who received 16 percent in the primary.

Early voting for the runoff will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 13 through Aug. 17 at the Office Park Building, 1815 Gloucester St., Brunswick.

- Staff writer Meghan Pittman contributed to this report

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