2008-04-30 / Front Page

Candidates start qualifying

by MCL staff writer

Election Superintendent Brenda McNease accepts the first application from candidate Allen Worsley.

Ten local candidates came by the office of the election superintendent Monday, April 28, to officially sign the election papers to run for public officein the July 15, 2008, General Primaries as a Democrat or Republican.

 

The release indicated that candidates have paid in to qualify for the follow offices:
Clerk of Court 2
Sheriff 1
Tax Commissioner 0
State Court Solicitor 0
Coroner 1
Commissioner Dist. 1 1
Commissioner Dist. 3 2
Commissioner Dist. 5 2
School Board Dist. 1 1
School Board Dist. 3 1
School Board Dist. 5 0 
The qualifying to pay in for the local officesin Miller County opened at 9:00 a.m. Monday, April 28, and will continue during regular business hours at the Miller County Courthouse until 12 noon on Friday, May 2.

The only new candidate that has not already announced his intentions to run for officeor for re-election was the first candidate to pay in, Allen Worsley.

There are two public notices in this week's edition concerning signs put out by the candidates. The City of Colquitt states that candidates' signs are not allowed on the right-of-ways. The Miller County Commissioners stated that they have no problem if the signs are placed on their right-of-ways if they do not interfere with traffic.

The State Law of Georgia, Code Section 21-2-3 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to prohibited placements of campaign posters, signs, and advertisements, is amended by striking subsection (a) and inserting a new subsection (a) to read as follows:

"(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to place campaign posters, signs, and or advertisements:

(1) On any public property or building, unless the owner thereof or the occupier as authorized by such owner has given permission to place such posters, signs, or adver- tisements on such property; provided, however, that signs within the rights of way of public roads shall be governed by Code Section 32-6-51;

(2) On any private property unless the owner thereof or the occupier as authorized by such owner has given permission to place such campaign posters, signs, and or advertisements on such property; and, provided, further that no municipal, county, or consolidated government may restrict by regulation or other means the length of time a political campaign sign may be displayed or the number of signs which may be displayed on private property for which permission has been granted; or

(3) On any property zoned for commercial or industrial uses if the placement of such posters, signs, and or advertisements conflictswith any zoning laws or ordinances."

It seems that the city and county laws are in conflict,but the state laws stand.

Candidates, all candidates, are requested to abide by the laws of Georgia on this matter of signs.

One homeowner stated, "The next time someone puts one (a sign) out in my yard without my permission, they will be paying for more than signs."

The political season is just starting. Candidates are requested to honor the citizens and their property that they are asking to vote for them. By respecting their property and the state laws of Georgia, the candidate could and should get respect from voters.

Political campaigns are important at the local, state and national levels. Candidates have a right to get their messages out. But doing that irresponsibly tells voters something about the candidates, and it certainly doesn't create a favorable impression at election time.

Otherwise, have a good election season and may the best man/woman win.

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