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Monday kicks off ‘Qualifying Week’ for 2022 elections


Monday kicks off ‘Qualifying Week’ for the 2022 elections across Georgia. Candidates for a wide slate of local, statewide, and federal offices will make their way to election offices across the state to place their names in contention. 

The top slots include Governor, U.S. Senator, and U.S. Representative, who will qualify at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta starting at 9 a.m. Monday. Candidates for other statewide offices will also qualify at the Capitol including lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, and state school superintendent.

Qualifying fees for statewide and federal races range from $2,748.28 (lieutenant governor) to $5,373.36 (Supreme Court justice).

Also, qualifying will be candidates for every State House and State Senate seat in Georgia. The fee for those offices is $400. In addition, Cobb Superior Court judges will also qualify at the Capitol. The fee for this office is $3,863.70. 

Depending on the division, state court judges will qualify at the Cobb County elections office, with a fee of $5,001.86 or $5,676.86. 

Candidates for the local Board of Commissioners and Board of Education will qualify at their political party office in Cobb. The qualifying fee is $1,452.33 for Commissioners, with incumbents Keli Gambrill and JoAnn Birrell both seeking re-election. The School Board qualifying fee is $570.00.

To run for Cobb Solicitor General, candidates will likewise qualify at their local party office, with a qualifying fee of $5,973.03.

Also scheduled for May 24 is the controversial vote on cityhood for East Cobb, Vinings, and Lost Mountain. Mableton’s cityhood future remains uncertain. Georgia’s general primary election is set for May 24. The general election will be held on Nov. 8. Qualifying for all other races runs from 9 a.m. Monday through 12 p.m. Friday. For more information, visit sos.ga.gov/candidate-resources and cobbcounty.org/elections/candidates/qualifying-office.


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