Cobb GOP Chairman Joe Dendy said he’s ready to sign up candidates to run in the May 20 primary and Nov. 4 general election.
“Qualifying is part of the process of elections in this country where anybody and everybody has an opportunity to run for office, as long as they meet with qualifications … but it’s just a great process, and that’s what we all stand up for and work so hard to do,” Dendy said.
Melissa Pike, chairwoman of the Cobb Democratic Party, said she will be manning the office at her party’s headquarters.
“I expect turnout, that’s all I can say for now,” Pike said. “There are some people who are still finalizing with their respective supporters. It’s not my place to announce for them.”
Three of the seven Cobb school board members are up: Kathleen Angelucci, who represents north Cobb, Scott Sweeney, who represents east Cobb, and Tim Stultz, who represents the Smyrna area.
Angelucci has announced she will not seek re-election, leaving that seat wide open.
Qualifying to run for a seat on the school board, which pays a salary of $19,000, is $570.
On the Cobb County Board of Commissioners, the seats of Helen Goreham of west Cobb and JoAnn Birrell of northeast Cobb, both Republicans, are up.
Goreham has announced she will not seek re-election and a crowd of people have already said they are running for that seat.
Commissioners receive a salary of $42,582.59 The qualifying fee for that position is a hefty $1,277.48, significantly higher than the $400 fee for state senator or state representative.
Cobb Solicitor General Barry Morgan’s seat is also up.
The solicitor general receives a salary of $140,905 and requires a qualifying fee of $4,227.15.
Qualifying for Republican candidates for the school board, Board of Commissioners or solicitor general will be conducted at Cobb GOP headquarters, 799 Roswell St. in Marietta. Qualifying is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon on Friday.
Qualifying for Democratic candidates will be conducted at 166 Anderson St., Suite 113, in Marietta during the same times and days.
The nonpartisan seats held by Cobb State Court judges David Darden, Jason Fincher, Bridgette Campbell and Henry Thompson are also up. Qualifying for those seats will be at the Cobb Board of Elections office, 736 Whitlock Ave. in Marietta.
Qualifying for state and federal offices will be held at the Georgia State Capitol. Republican candidates will qualify in Room 216 and Democrats in Room 230.
The fee to qualify for U.S. senator or U.S. representative, jobs that pay $174,000, is $5,220.
The fee to qualify for governor, which commands a salary of $139,339, is $4,180.18.
The position of state school superintendent comes with a salary of $123,270 and a qualifying fee of $3,698.10.