Cities in Cherokee County have set or will soon set qualifying dates and times for the Nov. 2 municipal elections.
Canton, Woodstock, Ball Ground, and Waleska have city council seats that are set to expire at the end of the year, and Holly Springs will call a special election to fill an empty seat.
Canton City Council seats held by William Carlan, Nick Estes and Sandy McGrew are set to have terms expire at the end of this year, City Clerk Annie Fortner said. Qualifying for these spots is from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 16, 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 17, and 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 18 at city hall, 110 Academy St. The qualifying fee is $360.
Holly Springs is holding a special election this year to fill the unexpired term that was held by Ward 4 Councilwoman Karen Barnett, who died May 20. Qualifying for the Ward 4 seat begins Aug. 16, and will continue through Aug. 18 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at city hall, 3235 Holly Springs Parkway, in the city clerk’s office. Qualifying is $180 payable to Holly Springs.
None of the other council seats are up for elections this year, according to Erin Honea, Holly Springs’ economic development director.
Woodstock is holding elections this year for the mayor’s office, and council seats held by Warren Johnson, Colin Ake, and Brian Wolfe. The Woodstock City Council approved Monday to have qualifying from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 16, 17, and 18 at the Woodstock Annex, 12453 Highway 92. The non-refundable qualifying fee will be $342 for council members and $432 for mayor. Mayor Donnie Henriques announced in January that he would not seek re-election.
For Ball Ground, terms for Mayor Rick Roberts and council members John Byrd and Mickey O’Malley are set to expire at the end of the year. The qualifying dates are expected to be from Aug. 16-18 and conclude at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at city hall, 215 Valley St. The city council is scheduled to formally set the dates at their meeting Thursday, City Clerk Karen Jordan said Monday. The qualifying fee for mayor is $108 and $35 for city council.
Waleska has three city council seats up for election, currently held by council members Kristi Bosch, Paul Ice, and Jon Costales, City Clerk Robyn Smith said. Qualifying dates will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 9 to 11 at city hall, 8891 Fincher Rd. The fee is $72.
Nelson, which is split between Cherokee and Pickens counties, has its mayoral seat, held by Mayor Silvia Green, and council seats held by James Queen and Susan Johnston, up for election. Qualifying dates are pending Pickens County approval, but are likely to be in early August, City Clerk Kelsey Riehl said. The qualifying fee is $25.
Mountain Park, which has a portion in Cherokee and the rest in Fulton County, has three open city council seats up for election, currently held by Scott Read, Linda Dixon, and Lloyd Hendricks. The qualifying dates are set from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 16 and 17, and Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. to noon, City Clerk Karen Segars said Tuesday. Qualifying will take place in city hall, 118 Lakeshore Drive. The fee is $27.
Cherokee County does not have any elections until next year, when the chair and two commission seats will be up for election, county spokeswoman Andrea Barker said.