Candidates for state and local offices will qualify this week to run for office. The 2022 candidate qualifying period is officially March 7â€“11.
Qualifying hours are 9 am to 5 pm on Monday to Thursday, March 7â€“10, and 9 am to 12 pm on Friday, March 11. State candidates qualify at the state Capitol; whereas, local candidates qualify in McDonough.
2022 Candidate Qualifying
Each candidate for office must pay a qualifying fee. The qualifying fee equates to three percent of the elected officialâ€™s salary; except for members of the general assembly. The general assembly qualifying fee, for either state senate or state house, is $400.
All members of the Georgia General Assembly stand for election every two years. Beginning this year, Henry County has portions of three state senate districts and portions of seven state house districts. The districts include the following:
- State Senate 10, 17 and 25
- State House 74, 78, 91, 115, 116, 117 and 118
Not sure in which district you reside? Check out my district maps webpage.
In addition to members of the general assembly, candidates for statewide office, US Congress and Superior Court judgeships qualify through the state. Qualifying info for state candidates is available from the Secretary of Stateâ€™s office.
Local Candidate Qualifying
On this yearâ€™s ballot, local candidates include three seats on the Henry County Board of Commissioners, two seats on the Henry County school board and local judicial races. Candidates for commissioner qualify through the local political parties, but other races are non-partisan. They qualify directly with Henry County.
The qualifying fee for county commissioner is $1,102.15. Candidates qualify at the following locations:
- Democratic Party
Legacy Ford (Conference Room)
413 Industrial Blvd
McDonough, GA 30253
- Republican Party
218 Atlanta Street
McDonough, GA 30253
Non-partisan candidates i.e. school board and judges qualify at the elections office. The office is located at 40 Atlanta Street, McDonough, GA 30253. Qualifying fees are as follows:
- School Board member â€“ $556.38
- State Court Judge â€“ $4,975.84
- Chief Magistrate Court Judge â€“ $4,727.04
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