MOULTRIE -- Two more candidates qualified Friday, the final day of qualifying, to run for local offices.

Leland Dampier Sr., 83, recently retired warden of the Colquitt County Correctional Institute, qualified as a Democrat against Democrat incumbent Billy Herndon for county commissioner of District 4.

Dampier said retirement was moving too fast for him, so he threw in his hat in when approached by District 4 residents.

"I feel like I can do a good job for the county. I have a lot of experience. Of course, I've sat in those county commission meetings for the last 30 years, so I kind of know what's going on. I've learned lots of good things and some things that aren't so good," Dampier said.

Jimmy Taylor, 62, retired principal of Sunset Elementary School qualified as a Democrat for the District 3 seat on the school board. Taylor could not be reached Friday night.

Two other candidates qualified this week for the seat: Democrat Leland R. Dampier Jr., 52, retired Colquitt County Schools Administrative Assistant for Facilities, and Republican David R. Tyndall, 42, partner in a general legal practice in Moultrie and vice president of a commercial real estate development company with service experience on economic and educational boards.

Dampier was a teacher, assistant principal and principal in Colquitt County before being promoted to administrative assistant.

Past-chairman Gerry Webb decided not to run again after more than seven years on the school board.

At the state level, Democrat Rep. Richard Royal, 65, a petroleum distributor from Camilla, qualified for reelection with no opposition for Georgia House District 171, which includes the western portion of Colquitt County.

To recap the week, four candidates qualified in the nonpartisan race for probate court judge: Insurance agent Judy Alderman; former chief magistrate judge Annette Banks; attorney Wes Lewis and probation office manager Stacy Westberry.

Democrat Jerry Meister, chairman of the Colquitt County Schools Board of Education, is opposed by Republican James A. Robinson, a self-employed electrician from Ellenton, for District 2.

Sheriff Al Whittington and his challenger Berlin Police Chief Randy Oliver both qualified as Democrats.

In the Colquitt County Board of Commissioners race, incumbent Commissioner Merle Hall, a Democrat, is challenged by Jackson Transmissions service manager Johnny Hardin, 54, a Democrat, and former county administrator Marion Hay, a Republican, for the District 6 seat.

Commissioner Ray Norman is running for reelection as a Democrat for the District 2 seat. He is challenged by Quality Employment Service, Inc. account representative Rebecca Whitaker, a Republican and active in volunteer work, including the chamber of commerce.

The following qualified as incumbents with no opposition: Board of Education member Debra M. Hampton, a Republican, for District 6; Clerk of Court Carolyn Brazel, Democrat; State Court Solicitor Keith Allen, Republican; Tax Commissioner Cindy Harvin, Democrat; State Court Judge Richard Kent, nonpartisan; and Coroner John Vickers, Democrat.

Superior Court Judges Richard M. Cowart of Valdosta, and H. Arthur McLane of Valdosta and Harry Jay Altman II of Thomasville qualified in Atlanta for reelection to serve the Southern Judicial Circuit. District Attorney J. David Miller of Valdosta qualified to run for reelection.

At the state level, Democrat Earleen W. Sizemore, an educator from Sylvester, qualified to run against House incumbent Rep. Ed Rynders, R-Albany, for District 152, which dips into the northern portion of Colquitt County.

Incumbent Republican John Bulloch of Ochlocknee, qualified in the race for State Senate District 11. Colquitt County now lies entirely within this district.

Challenging Bulloch is Democrat and Mitchell County farmer Murray Campbell. Campbell, who has strong ties to Colquitt County, ran in the last primary against former Sen. Harold Ragan, who ultimately lost his seat to Bulloch.

In the new state House District 170, which contains the eastern part of the county, Rep. Penny Houston, D-Nashville, is running for reelection. Houston is challenged by Nashville resident Stephen T. Harper. Harper is running as an Independent.

The general primary, nonpartisan election and special election will be held July 20.

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