List: Columbus, Ga, mayor, council, school board candidates

Signs that read “Vote Here” will mark Columbus borough polling places for the May 24 election.

Signs that read “Vote Here” will mark Columbus borough polling places for the May 24 election.

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Whether someone said they plan to run for mayor, council or judge of Muscogee County or the school board this year doesn’t matter anymore – because qualifying week is upon us.

This is when potential candidates become official candidates by filing the document and paying the required fee to be listed on the May 24 ballot in the 2022 non-partisan election.

In addition to the mayoral race, Columbus Council Districts 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 will be on the ballot this year. Runoffs would take place on June 21 if necessary. District 9 is a general district, which means that all eligible voters in Columbus can vote in this race. For the remaining seats, only neighborhood residents can vote for their councillor.

Five of the nine Muscogee County School District Board seats are up for election this year. All registered voters in Columbus can vote for candidates who run at the school board headquarters only. Voters in Districts 2, 4, 6 and 8 will also choose their school board representatives.

As of 2 p.m. Monday, here are the qualified candidates for those races, according to the Muscogee County Board of Elections and Registration and the Georgia Secretary of State’s website:

Council of Columbus

District 1: Jerry “Pops” Barnes (incumbent), retired.

District 5: Charmaine Crabb (holder), real estate agent.

District 7: Laketha Ashe, unlisted occupation, and Sia Etamdi, architect. District 7 incumbent Mimi Woodson told the Ledger-Enquirer she will not be running for office.

state court judge

Andy Prather (holder).

Muscogee County School Board

District 8: Sarah Smith, real estate agent. District 8 incumbent Philip Schley told LE he will not run again.

Key dates

Here are the key dates leading up to the election of these public offices:

  • March 7: first day to request postal voting.
  • March 7-11: Qualification period for candidates.
  • April 25: Deadline for voter registration.
  • May 2-20: Advance voting period.
  • May 24: election day.
  • June 21: Runoff date if necessary.

This story was originally published March 7, 2022 2:32 p.m.

Ledger-Enquirer staff writer Mark Rice covers education and other youth issues. He also writes reports on any exciting subject. He has reported from Columbus and the Chattahoochee Valley for more than a quarter century. He welcomes your tips and questions about local news.

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