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Candidates qualify for political races


The Brunswick News

The second day of qualifying for July 31 primaries brought more candidates out of the political woodwork Thursday.

A handful of candidates joined local partisan races.

Four candidates joined four others in the contest for the Glynn County Board of Education.

Former Brunswick High School teacher Ingrid Metz and former education board member Earl Perry qualified to face off against incumbent Ray Snow in District 1. All the District 1 candidates are Republican.

There's a guaranteed school board election since Dee Rogers qualified to run as a Republican for the District 5 school board seat. She will run against incumbent Venus Holmes, a Democrat.

Republican school board at large Post 2 incumbent Jerry Mancil will face opposition from Larry Lunch, who qualified as a Republican Thursday.

District 3 education board incumbent John Madala is currently unopposed.

Three new candidates qualified to run in the Glynn County Commission races.

Longshoreman Clifford Adams qualified as a Republican to face long-time veteran advocate Mike Browning for the District 1 commission seat. Browning is also Republican. Amy Callaway, who currently holds the office, is not seeking reelection.

Two new District 5 candidates also qualified Thursday. Habitat for Humanity employee Tashawnta Wells qualified as a Republican to join candidates Robbie Tucker and Anna Hall. Social services insurance agent Allen Booker qualified as a Democrat -- ensuring an election in November. All are vying for the seat currently held by the commission's only Democrat, Jerome Clark, who is not seeking reelection.

Former Glynn County Firefighter David Breland qualified as a Republican to face three others for the commission's at-large Post 2 seat. Breland will compete against incumbent Bob Coleman, retired Glynn County administrative employee Joyce Crosby Deloach and business owner John Terris.

So far, the commission's District 2 candidate, retired business owner and Republican Dale Provenzano, will run unopposed. Tom Sublett, who currently holds the seat, is not seeking reelection.

In other partisan races Thursday, incumbent Robert Shupe qualified as a Republican for the county surveyor position.

Incumbent Glynn County Superior Court Clerk Lola Jamsky gained more Republican competition. Donita Taylor, clerk of Glynn County Juvenile Court, qualified to run, as did Tim Wilson.

Other local partisan races did not change Thursday.

Tax Commissioner Florence Dees, Probate Court Judge Debra Howes, Chief Magistrate Timothy Barton and Coroner Jimmy Durden all faced no opposition Thursday.

The sheriff race also remained between Republicans Ron Corbett and Neal Jump.

Only one candidate joined local nonpartisan races. Bart Altman joined the contest to become the next Glynn County State Court judge Thursday. Attorneys Alan Tucker, Vince Sowerby, Grant Buckley and Wallace E. Harrell III all qualified for the post Wednesday.

Judge Orion Douglass, who currently holds the seat, is retiring at the end of the year.

Clerk of State Court Brenda Boone-Cove and State Court Solicitor Maria Lugue both qualified Wednesday and remained unopposed Thursday.

Four candidates entered state and federal district elections.

Attorney Jonathan Miller qualified Thursday as a Republican to run against Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney Jackie Johnson.

Brunswick Architect John Tuten qualified as a Republican for the state House District 167 seat vacated by Roger Lane, now a Superior Court judge, and incumbent state Sen. William Ligon, R-Waverly, qualified to keep his District 3 seat.

Democrat Lesli Rae Messinger of Savannah qualified to face St. Simons Island resident Nathan Russo, in the hope of unseating U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-1, in November.

State Rep. Alex Atwood, R-St. Simons Island, qualified Wednesday. He is currently unopposed.

Incumbent state Rep. Jason Spencer, R-Woodbine, faces Republican Adam Jacobson for the House District 180 seat.

Four of the Brunswick Judicial Circuit Judges, Stephen Scarlett, Stephen Kelley, Anthony Harrison and E.M. Wilkes III, qualified Wednesday for their offices and remained unopposed Thursday.