MOULTRIE -- Wednesday brought out only one qualifying candidate in local races.

Johnny Hardin, 54, qualified as a Democrat to run against Merle Hall, 68, long-time representative for Colquitt County District 6. Hardin is the second candidate to vie for Hall's seat. Former county administrator Marion Hay qualified as a Republican Monday.

In 2002, Hardin campaigned for the chairman's position against Max Hancock but later dropped out because it wasn't an opportune time business-wise, he said. But, he said, "I think now is."

Hardin has been service manager for Jackson Transmissions for more than 20 years.

He has been a regular at county commission meetings, listening and learning for 12 years, he said.

"We're just going to put our hat in and run it, enjoy it and see what happens," the candidate said.

In the other two races for county commission seats, Republican Rebecca Whitaker, 49, is challenging Commissioner Ray Norman, 66, a Democrat, in District 2.

Commissioner Billy Herndon, a Democrat, has yet to be challenged for District 4.

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