County Sets Qualifying Fee for Special Election

Stephens County officially sets the qualifying fee for the special election to fill the unexpired term of late former county commissioner Harold Andrews.

Andrews passed away last month.

Commissioners unanimously voted to set the qualifying fee at $440 for the special election, which will take place on March 18.

The qualifying fee represents three percent of the salary of the elected position on the ballot in the previous year and must be paid by any candidate wishing to seek the office.

Stephens County Registrar Theresa Kelley said it appears at this time as if qualifying for the March 18 special election will take place from January 29 through January 31.

Whoever wins the special election would serve the remainder of Andrews’ unexpired term, which runs through December 31, 2014.

Andrews’ seat on the county commission is also scheduled to be on the ballot in next year’s general election for a new four-year term starting on January 1, 2015.