Qualifying Continues Today for Races in Toccoa, Martin, Avalon

Qualifying continues for municipal elections today.

In Toccoa, City Planning Commission Member Evan Hellenga had qualified for Post 5 on the city commission as of 4 p.m. Monday.

Post 5 is one of two seats up for election this November

The other is Post 3.

Andy Pavliscsak currently holds the Post 3 seat, while Ron Seib currently holds the Post 5 seat.

Both Pavliscsak and Seib have stated previously that they did not intend to run for re-election.

Besides Hellenga, one other candidate has announced an intention to run for the city commission.

Former State Representative Jeanette Jamieson has said she would run for the seat held by Pavliscsak.

Qualifying for the Toccoa municipal election continues through 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Any residents of Toccoa interested in filing to run for one of the two city commission seats should see Toccoa City Clerk Fredda Wheeler at her office in Toccoa City Hall in downtown Toccoa.

Candidates will have to fill out an affidavit and pay a qualifying fee of $252.

For more information on qualifying for the Toccoa municipal election, contact Wheeler at 706-282-3225.

Toccoa is not the only Stephens County municipality that is holding qualifying for municipal elections.

Martin and Avalon also have city commission seats up for election this year and are qualifying candidates this week.

In Martin, candidates may qualify for the mayor’s seat or two council seats up for election this year.

The council seats, which are four years in length, currently are held by Sandi Stovall and Roger Looney.  Don Foster holds the mayor’s post in Martin, which is a two-year term.

Stephens County Registrar Theresa Kelley said anyone interested in qualifying for seats in Martin should come to her office this week.

“If they want to qualify for office in the town of Martin, they need to come to my office between (now) and Friday, August 30th from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to qualify and fill out the paperwork they will need to run for office,” said Kelley.  “The qualifying fee for mayor is $111 and for council member is $90.”

The Stephens County Registrar’s Office is located on the ground floor of the Stephens County Government Building in downtown Toccoa.

Anyone with questions about Martin municipal qualifying should contact Kelley at 706-886-8954.

Meanwhile, Avalon municipal qualifying began at 8:30 a.m. Monday and will continue through 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Avalon City Hall, located at 15 Avalon Road, according to a legal notice published earlier this month in The Toccoa Record.

As with other municipal elections, interested candidates must fill out an affidavit and pay the required qualifying fee.

The mayor’s seat and five council seats are all up for election this year in Avalon for two-year terms.