The qualifying fee is $250.68.
Since BOE contests are nonpartisan, there is no primary election. Instead board members will be determined in the general election on Nov. 2, placed on the same ballot as candidates running for other local positions. Their tenure is four years.
This year, three of the five Board of Education members are up for re-election — Fannie Delaney (District 1), Zach Holmes (District 3) and James “Pete” Graham (District 5). All of them intend to qualify.
Delaney, who has served on the board for 10 years, said she would like to help the Griffin-Spalding County School System continue its academic achievements, specifically the improvement of graduation rates.
Holmes, also a board member for 10 years, said he “most certainly” will run for re-election.
“It’s a sense of satisfaction,” he said, adding that as a board member, he can help students improve collectively.
Graham, a 13-year veteran on the board, said important decisions have been made for the benefit of children in the community, “and I just want to continue to be a part of that. We have a board now that works so cohesively. We all have the same agenda.”
Winning a seat on the Board of Education requires 50 percent of the votes plus one vote, said Spalding County Elections Supervisor Terry Colling. If at least three candidates qualify in one district and none of them can capture a simple majority, a runoff will take place on Nov. 30.