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By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
With qualifying ending for the Democratic and Republican parties at 5 p.m. last Friday, Coosa County residents now have a pretty good idea of who to expect to appear on the ballots this election cycle.
Incumbents who are not seeking re-election this term include District 3 County Commissioner Unzell Kelley and District 5 Board of Education Member Gay Adams.
According to Richard Dean, judge of probate and chief election officer, there were four who qualified with the Coosa County Democratic Party and 13 with the Coosa County Republican Party.
This election cycle’s locally qualified candidates include some new faces and individuals who are seeking elected office for the first time.
Those who qualified with the local Democratic Party are Tiffany McCain for Board of Education District 2, Taminko Kelley for County Commission District 2, Bertha Kelley-McElrath for County Commission District 2, and Brandon Davis for County Commission District 3.
Those who have qualified with the local Republican Party are Michael Howell for sheriff, Raymond F. Jones for sheriff, Jack Brewer for coroner, Howard Lamar Daugherty for County Commission District 5, Randall Dunham for County Commission District 1, Elmore Unbehant for County Commission District 1, John Raymond Forbus for County Commission District 1, Donald Kenneth Whitehead for County Commission District 3, Ronnie Joiner for County Commission District 4, Travis Milhan for County Commission District 4, Haley Helm Dailey for Board of Education District 5, Joshua Andrew Culver for Board of Education District 5, and Jenny Kimbrell for Board of Education District 5.
Additionally, Judge Dean reported that Carlton Teel qualified with the Alabama Republican Party for Coosa County District Court Judge, Place 1.
While independent candidates may still qualify to run for offices, this gives voters a good overview of who to expect to be on the ballots this election cycle.
The 2022 primary election will be held May 24 for the Democratic and Republican parties. The primary runoff election will be held June 21, followed by the general election on November 8.
For any potential candidates who choose not to run as a political party candidate, they may obtain ballot access by submitting a ballot access petition to the secretary of state if seeking a state or federal office or to the judge of probate if seeking a county office. There is no qualifying fee for ballot access.
For county offices, those interested in running as an independent candidate should contact their county’s judge of probate for the required number of signatures and submit a petition with at least that number of signatures to the county’s judge of probate.
For independent candidate ballot access in the 2022 general election, the petition must be filed no later than May 24.
The last day to register to vote for the primary election is May 9. Those interested in registering to vote in Coosa County, or those who need to update their registration information within the county, should contact the Board of Registrars at 256-377-2418.
As usual, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to allow voters ample time to get to the polls and cast their ballots. In Coosa County, polling places are expected to be the same as they were for the 2020 election cycle.
To check your voter registration information or find your polling location, visit myinfo.alabamavotes.gov. The voter registration information provided on the website will also show in what county and state districts a voter resides.
For information on voting with an absentee ballot in Alabama visit www.sos.alabama.gov/alabama-votes/voter/absentee-voting.
For other election information visit the secretary of state’s website at www.AlabamaVotes.gov.