Qualifying for Bulloch, State, and Federal offices ended at noon on Friday, March 11, 2022.

This qualifying period was an unusually busy one for local races.

There are four Bulloch BOE seats up for re-election. Mike Sparks, District 2 representative, did not run for re-election. His seat will now be filled by retired principal Elizabeth Williams since she was the only one to qualify. The three remaining incumbents have all drawn opposition.

Bulloch County Commission seat 2B, which is currently held by Commissioner Walter Gibson who is retiring, has drawn four opponents.

Commissioner Anthony Simmons, who is running for reelection to Bulloch County Commission seat 1B, has also drawn an opponent.

Bulloch County Commissioner Timmy Rushing, who represents seat 2D, was unopposed.

State Court Judge Joseph Cushner will be challenged by Michael Classens.

Congressman Rick Allen, who represents district 12, drew opposition again from Liz Johnson.

Representative Butch Parrish, who represents District 158, will be opposed by Madeline Ryan Smith.

Representative Jon Burn, who represents District 159, was unopposed.

Lehman Franklin, who qualified to run for retiring Representative Jan Tankersley’s district 160 seat, was also unopposed. He will automatically replace Tankersley.

Senator Billy Hickman, who represents District 4, was also unopposed.

See below for a list of everyone who qualified.

If you have qualified and are not listed, please submit a photo and brief bio to:
press@griceconnect.com


Bulloch Board of Commissioners

– Bulloch BOC District 1B –

Anthony Simmons (D), Incumbent

Preston Tutt III (R)


– Bulloch BOC District 2B –

Travis Chance

Travis Chance (R)

Toby Conner (R)

Jake Hallman

Jake Hallman (D)

Jennifer Mock

Jennifer Campbell Mock (R)


– Bulloch BOC District 2D –

Timmy Rushing (R), Incumbent

UNOPPOSED – WILL RETURN AS DISTRICT 2D COMMISSIONER


Bulloch Board of Education

– Bulloch BOE District 2 –

Elizabeth Williams (Open Seat)

UNOPPOSED – WILL SERVE BOE DISTRICT 2


– Bulloch BOE District 4 –

Donna Clifton

Donna Clifton

April Newkirk, Incumbent

Kathy C. Sherrod


– Bulloch BOE District 5 –

Shontelle Childress

Shontelle Childress

Glenerra Martin

Glennera Martin, Incumbent


– Bulloch BOE District 6 –

Mary Boyer

Mary Boyer

Jay Cook

Jay Cook, Incumbent


Bulloch COUNTY State Court Judge

Michael Classens

Joseph Cushner

Hon. Joseph Cushner, Incumbent


STATE SENATOR, DISTRICT 4 – BULLOCH

Billy Hickman

Billy Hickman (R) Incumbent

CPA from Statesboro

UNOPPOSED – WILL RETURN AS DISTRICT 4 SENATOR


STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 158 – BULLOCH

Butch Parrish

Butch Parrish (R) Incumbent

Pharmacist from Swainsboro

Madeline Ryan Smith

Madeline Ryan Smith (D)

Human Resources, No address given


STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 159 – BULLOCH

Jon Burns

Jon G. Burns (R) Incumbent

Agri-Business from Newington

UNOPPOSED – WILL RETURN AS DISTRICT 159 REPRESENTATIVE


STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 160 – BULLOCH

Lehman Franklin

Lehman Franklin (R) (Open Seat)

Auto dealer from Brooklet

UNOPPOSED – WILL AUTOMATICALLY SERVE AS DISTRICT 160 REPRESENTATIVE


UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 12 – BULLOCH

Rick Allen

Rick Allen (R) Incumbent

General Contractor from Augusta

Elizabeth “Liz” Johnson (D)

Retired insurance professional from Statesboro