If you have been thinking about running for office, qualifying begins on Monday, March 7, 202 at 9 AM and continues to noon on Friday, March 11, 2022.

Bulloch County Elections Supervisor Shontay Jones would like to remind constituents of Bulloch County, along with potential candidates that they should check the Bulloch Board of elections website at: https://bullochcounty.net/elections for information on local elections. We have embedded the website below in the story.

If you are thinking about running for office Jones recommends reviewing the proposed redistricting maps for the House, School Board, and Commissioner Districts as the district lines (NOT precinct lines) have changed in some areas.

They have been getting inquiries for citizens interesting in running for office only to discover they are no longer in district they want to run in.

All of the maps have been redrawn, approved and adopted by the House and Senate, and now signed by Governor Kemp, making them official.

Bulloch Board of Elections is required however, to get the official maps from the Reapportionment Office, before they change the wording from proposed to the “Official” maps per the 2021 Census data.

Pursuant to O.C.G.A.§ 21-2-131 (1) (A), the Bulloch County Board of Commissioners at the January 4, 2022, meeting set the following qualifying fees for the 2022 election year.

Local Partisan Seats

COUNTY COMMISSIONER – DISTRICT 1B (Anthony Simmons) $225

COUNTY COMMISSIONER – DISTRICT 2B (Walter Gibson) $225

COUNTY COMMISSIONR – DISTRICT 2D (Timmy Rushing) $225

Local Nonpartisan Seats

STATE COURT JUDGE (Joseph Cushner)                              $4,335.93

BOARD OF EDUCATION – DISTRICTS 2  (Mike Sparks – retiring)    $72.00

BOARD OF EDUCATION – DISTRICTS 4 (April Newkirk)                   $72.00

BOARD OF EDUCATION – DISTRICTS 5 (Glennera Martin)               $72.00

BOARD OF EDUCATION – DISTRICTS 6 (Jay Cook)                             $72.00

Qualifying will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, March 7, 2022, and will end at 12:00 noon on Friday, March 11, 2022. Qualifying for the Nonpartisan offices will be conducted by the Board of Elections and Registration, at the Bulloch County Annex, 113 North Main Street, Ste 201, Statesboro.  The General Primary/Nonpartisan General/Special Election will be held on May 24, 2022, and the General Election will be held November 8, 2022.

As of 2022 Qualifying for Partisan seats will be conducted by the local Democrat and Republican Parties.

 Visit www.sos.ga.gov go to Candidate Info, Information for Candidates, then Qualifications & Disqualifications for holding Elective Office in Georgia and  https://ethics.ga.gov/filer-info/candidates/ for Ethics information.  You may also contact the Bulloch County Board of Elections and Registration at 912-764-6502 or elections@bullochcounty.net.

CANDIDATES prior to you accepting any contributions, you must file a Declaration of Intention to Accept Campaign Contributions this information is found on the ethics website here is the link https://ethics.ga.gov/filer-info/candidates/   please review the ethics website.

Bulloch Democratic Party Qualifying Information

The Bulloch County Democratic Committee, as part of the Democratic party of Georgia will be qualifying Bulloch County Democrats running in 2022 in the Bulloch County Annex 9:00 am March 7 – Noon March 11. Payment can be made by cash, check or via PayPal.

Bulloch Republican Party Qualifying Information

The Bulloch County Republican Party is qualifying local GOP candidates at its headquarters at Unit 3, 24 Joe Kennedy Boulevard, Statesboro.  The GOP headquarters is behind Ogeechee Technical College in the Lewis Color Office Complex in the righthand building with the small crepe myrtle tree in front of it. 

Qualifying will occur between Monday, March 7 and Friday, March 11. The office will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, March 7-10. On Friday, March 11, qualifying will occur from 8 a.m. until 12 noon. 

Candidates are asked to bring a valid photo identification and a check or money order to pay the filing fee appropriate for the office he or she is qualifying for.  The Declaration of Candidacy and Affidavit can be found online at the following location:   https://sos.ga.gov/admin/files/Declaration_of_Candidacy_and_Affidavit_(County)_2020.pdf

For more information, please call BCRP secretary, Rana Erbrick, at 239-233-3763 Communications Director, Lawton Sack, at 912-515-9705, or chairman Reid Derr at 478-299-0175.

State and Federal offices

Qualifying will be held at the Georgia State Capitol March 7 – 11, 2022. This includes legislators, judgeships, service commissioners, the state executive branch, U.S. Senate and U.S. House.

Congress District 12 (Rick Allen)

State Senator District 4 (Billy Hickman)

State Representative District 158 (Butch Parrish)

State Representative District 159 (Jon Burns)

State Representative District 160 (Jan Tankersley – retiring)

For more information go to the Bulloch Board of Elections website below:

Check your voter registration status and to figure out what district you live in now on the SOS My Voter Page below:

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