Qualifying for May 21 primaries, special elections closes

Qualifying closed Friday for the May 21 primaries and special elections in Georgia with a surprise or two locally.

Just hours before the deadline, State Sen. Shelly Echols (R-Hall County) announced she would not seek re-election. Simultaneously, her husband Drew, announced he would run for her post. He won’t be running unopposed, however. Josh Clark of Flowery Branch also qualified for it..

EARLIER STORY: Shelly Echols not running for re-election; husband, one other to seek post 97.5 Glory FM | North Georgia’s Family Radio Station (wgtjradio.com)

Elsewhere locally, Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch qualified for re-election but he’ll have opposition as will county commission chairman Richard Higgins, and three candidates qualified to run for the State Court judgeship being vacated by John Breakfield who is running for Superior Court Judge. Click here to read the full list of local qualifiers which includes the candidates who’ll be running for the Gainesville City Council seat vacated George Wangemann last year shortly before his death: 20240308135935889-PDF (hallcounty.org)

Other than Sen. Echols, all members of the Georgia General Assembly who represent Hall County qualified for re-election as did 9th District Congressman Andrew Clyde (R-Jackson County) and Rich McCormick (R-Suwanee) whose district, because of redistricting last year, now includes parts of Hall County starting next year.

You can find the complete list of candidates for every post in every corner of the state to be voted on May 21 here: Qualifying Candidate Information (ga.gov)