Qualifying: Two new City Commission candidates as of midday Friday; qualifying ends at 4:30 p.m. Friday. Cave Spring ballot set.

Qualifying: Two new City Commission candidates as of midday Friday; qualifying ends at 4:30 p.m. Friday. Cave Spring ballot set.

Candidates for three seats on the Rome City Commission and all seven seats on the city school board will qualify at the city clerk’s office today through Friday.

 

In context: With today being the final day to qualify, Rome also will have contested School Board and City Commission races.

UPDATES THROUGH MIDDAY FRIDAY:

Rome City qualifying:
School board: Incumbent Faith Collins qualified as did challenger James Asbury. So far, other incumbents Alvin Jackson Sr., Jill Fisher, Dr. Melissa Davis, Will Byington and John Uldrick have qualified. Other newcomers: Tracy Anthony-McDew and Pascha Burge. (Seven seats on the ballot)
City Commission: Carrie Eady qualified to run for Ward 2 and Victor Hixon — who wanted to run for School Board but is barred because he works there — switched to the commission as well. Also qualified so far: Incumbent Randy Quick, challengers Tyrone Holland., LuGina Brown; Elaina Beeman. (Three seats on the ballot; incumbent Wendy Davis not seeking a new term as she runs for Congress; Jamie Doss still deciding).

We will post evening updates on who qualifies, today through Friday.


CAVE SPRING

Six people have qualified to run for the three City Council seats this fall.

  • Incumbent Charles Jackson is challenged by Stacey Royston.
  • Incumbent Nellie McCain is challenged by Jason West.
  • Incumbent Nancy Fricks is challeged by Steve Pierce.

CANDIDATE DECLARATIONS

  • Hometown Headlines invites all qualified candidates to share “declaration statements” by emailing druck@hometownheadlines.com
  • Each should be no more than 300 words. We will not post attacks on other candidates; please share your vision and your ideas.
  • Vaccination question: Each candidate statement must include whether the candidate has been vaccinated and why you made that decision. We will not post declaration statements without answering that question.

Rome City Commission: 

Rome native and businesswoman LuGina Brown announces her candidacy for Rome City Commission Ward 2. Brown has been an active member of her community and looks forward to bringing her “Our Town, Our Future” message to further improve the City of Rome.

Brown started her career in business as owner of All Wireless Inc.  Brown’s career in telecommunications spanned over 24 years, earning her the spot as the No. 1 AT&T agent in the Southeast.  Brown later sold her company and has continued to have a long career in real estate investment and development.  Brown says, “my passion and knowledge of real estate and development will help give insight into the current housing crisis in Rome as well as provide solutions for improving infrastructure and affordable housing in our community.”

In 2003, Brown tragically lost her son, Joshua, in a car accident.  Brown has honored her son by being a fierce advocate to change laws to protect young drivers. Brown joined legislatures in an effort to put stronger driving training laws into effect. Due to Brown’s advocacy, Joshua’s Law was passed in Georgia in 2005.

Brown says, “As your next commissioner, my duty is to represent ALL my constituents, while being mindful of how we spend THEIR tax dollars.”

For more: facebook.com/luginabrownforcitycommissioner

COVID/vaccine statement from Brown: “At this time, I have not received the covid vaccine. There may come a time in the future that I choose to receive the covid vaccine but I feel that is a personal decision. I do not discourage anyone from receiving any vaccine and I understand the benefits of people being vaccinated. My stance is one of personal decisions for each individual.”


ROME

Qualifying under way: In Rome, three seats from Ward 2 on the City Commission are on the ballot. The incumbents: Wendy Davis, Jamie Doss and Randy Quick. Davis has announced she’s running for House District 14 in Congress in 2022 so she’ll complete her second term but not seek a third four-year term on the commission. Elaina Beeman, a member of the school board since 2014, says she’ll run for a Ward 2 seat.

All seven seats on the city of Rome Board of Education. One spot will open as Beeman enters the commission race.

  • What to know: Qualifing is set for 8:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 16, and closes at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20.

POLK COUNTY

Qualifying ends at noon Friday: Source: Polk County Board of Elections.

  • Aragon: Two city council seats.
  • Rockmart: Three city council seats.
  • Cedartown: Three at-large city commission seats.

CALENDAR

  • Oct. 4: Last day for new or lapsed voters to register to vote in the general election on Nov. 2.
  • Oct. 12: Advance voting begins.
  • Oct. 23-24: The Saturday is the mandatory weekend day to vote in advance; the 24th is the optional Sunday balloting.
  • Nov. 2: Election day, precincts open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
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