The Seminole County governing authority is required by O.C.G.A. §21-2-131 to fix and publish qualifying fees for county offices not later than February 1 of any year in which a general primary or general election is to be held. The qualifying fees for the offices of the Clerk of Superior Court, Probate Judge, Sheriff and Tax Commissioner shall be 3% of the minimum base salary, specified in state law for each county based on population. The base which appears in the Code should not be adjusted to reflect supplements, cost-of-living increases, or longevity increases. For the offices of members of the county governing authority, or Board of Commissioners, the qualifying fee is 3% of the base salary established by local Act of the General Assembly, and is not adjusted to reflect training, supplements or cost-of living increases. The qualifying fee for the office of Coroner, being a salaried office, shall be 3% of the total gross salary of the office paid in the preceding calendar year including all supplements authorized by law. For all other offices, such as School Board Member, that are not salaried, the governing authority shall set a reasonable fee not to exceed 3% of the income derived from such county office by the person holding the office for the preceding year.
The qualifying fee for each office can be found on page 9 in the 1/23 edition of the Donalsonville News.
The time to qualify for the 2020 elections and pay the stated qualifying fees for the offices of County Commissioner (Districts 1, 3 and 5), Sheriff, Clerk of Superior Court, Tax Commissioner, Probate Judge, Coroner, and School Board Member (Districts 2, and 4) is Monday, March 2, 2020, at 9:00 a.m., through Friday, March 6, 2020 at 12:00 noon. See O.C.G.A. 21-2-153.
Candidates will file their notice of candidacy with their respective parties, unless said party has not designated a party representative to accept notices at least 14 days prior to the first date of qualifying. In that event, candidates shall file their notices of candidacy with the Probate Judge.
All candidates shall pay their qualifying fees to the Probate Judge/Elections Superintendent, Michael Jon Rogerson, in the Seminole County Courthouse, 200 S. Knox Ave., Donalsonville, Georgia.
For more information regarding the election process, contact the Board of Registrars or the Probate Judge at 229-524-5256.