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Incumbents qualiying as deadline approaches

The Tuskegee News of Tuskegee, Alabama

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Friday, Nov. 6 is the last day for candidates to qualify to run for a county or state-elected position in the 2016 election with primaries scheduled on March 1.

There are only a few positions for the 2016 election year because both the Macon County Commission and Board of Education have staggered terms. State positions to be contested are for Circuit Judge and District Attorney.

As of Tuesday, Nov. 3, most incumbents had qualified. Incumbent Louis Maxwell has qualified in the race for chairman of the Macon County Commission. No one had qualified for District 1 County Commission seat where Miles Robinson is the incumbent.

Terrence Johnson and Andrew "Drew" Thompson (incumbent) had qualified for the District 3 position on the Macon County Commission. For Macon County Board of Education, incumbents Mary Hooks in District 3 and Karey Thompson in District 4 have qualified.

Fifth Circuit District Attorney E. Paul Jones is retiring and not running for reelection.

Candidates that have qualified for district attorney are Tallapoosa County Assistant District Attorney D. Jeremy Duerr, a Democrat, and two Republicans, Damon Lewis and William G. (Bill) Harris. Lewis is the chief deputy district attorney for Chambers County and Harris is also from Chambers County.

Incumbent Ray D. Martin of

Tallapoosa County is the only per son who had qualified for the Circuit Judge as of Tuesday, Nov. 3.

All persons interested in qualifying for elected office for upcoming terms above must file qualifying papers by 5 p.m. Nov. 6.

Qualifying papers for Democrats may be obtained from Fred D. Gray, chairman of the Macon County Democratic Executive Committee, 108 Fred Gray Street, The Gray Law Center, 2nd Floor.

Republicans for local races may qualify by contacting Lula Bridges at (334) 318-5108 by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6.

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Original Publication Date: November 5, 2015

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