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Douglas court clerk election likely to be on Nov. 5 ballot
by Tom Spigolon
August 20, 2013 04:34 PM | 2355 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Douglas County government recently learned the governor plans to call a special election for Clerk of Court on the same day as Douglasville’s city council election on Nov. 5, the county attorney said this week.

Ken Bernard said officials in the county legal department sought confirmation from Gov. Nathan Deal that he planned to call the election on Nov. 5. However, Deal cannot make the legal call for the election until 60 days before polls opened – which would be early in September.

The information was needed to help the county Board of Elections and Registration begin planning and training, Bernard said.

“We’ve notified the board to expect a countywide election,” he said.

Voters will select a replacement for Rhonda Payne, who died earlier this year. The winner will serve the remaining three years on Payne’s term.

Payne’s longtime deputy, Tammy Howard, was appointed as interim clerk until an election could be called. Howard and longtime paralegal and businesswoman Annetta Danley Stembridge have filed Declarations of Intent with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission to seek the office.

Meanwhile, qualifying for four Douglasville City Council seats in the Nov. 5 municipal election is set for Monday through Aug. 30 at City Hall.

Former county school board member Mike Miller and MARTA Police Officer Jay Smith recently formally filed Declarations of Intent to enter the race.

Smith filed a Declaration – required before a candidate can begin taking campaign donations — on Aug. 5. He plans to seek the Ward 1 seat now held by Mayor Pro Tem Larry Yockey.

Miller filed his Declaration Aug. 8. He will seek the Ward 2, Post 1, seat now held by Councilman Dennis McLain.

Yockey, McLain and incumbent Ward 3, Post 2 Councilman Sam Davis also have filed Declarations. The other seat, Ward 3, Post 1, is held by LaShun Burr Danley, who has said she plans to seek re-election.

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