Special Election Date Set for Andrews’ Seat

Stephens County makes the date official for the special election to elect someone to serve the remainder of the unexpired term of the late former Stephens County Commissioner Harold Andrews.

Stephens County Registrar Theresa Kelley said the final decision has been made to hold the election in March.

“At this point, that election will be held on March 18,” said Kelley on Wednesday.

A court order would have been required to hold the election prior to the March date and county officials looked at the option, but decided not to go that route.

Kelley said with the special election set for March, that will put the qualifying period in the early part of next year.

“We will have qualifying sometime in January,” said Kelley.  “I believe (it will be) 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 four-year term starting on January 1, 2015.

Andrews passed away earlier this month.

Two weeks ago, Stephens County Probate Judge Glenda Ernest appointed former Stephens County Commissioner J.B. Hudgins to serve in Andrews’ seat until the county could hold the special election.

Hudgins has said he would not run in the special election.