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Qualifying continues for Rome commission, school board

Aug 30, 2013 -- 11:58am

By: Andrew Carter (WRGA News)

Races for the Rome City Commission and school board are shaping up and several newcomers will be vying for seats on the Cave Spring City Council.

As of noon today, all three incumbents in Rome Commission Ward 2 qualified with Jamie Doss, Sue Lee and Detrick Redding qualifying early Monday. Not long afterward, prominent Floyd County Democratic Party member Wendy Davis filed paperwork to run in the citywide non-partisan election.

The field of candidates for the Rome City School Board continues to become more crowded as a total of 11 candidates have qualified for the November election. Incumbents Faith Collins, Judy Sims, Chris Wilson, Dale Swann, Bruce Johnson and current board chair Cheryl Huffman will face challenges from newcomers Elaina Beeman, Richard Dixon, Wes Hardin, Sundai Stevenson and Michael Howell.

The qualifying period for Rome Commission and School Board ends today at 4:30 p.m.

Qualifying for Cave Spring City Council ended on Wednesday with only one incumbent registering to run. In Post 5, incumbent Peggy Allgood faces a challenge from Mike Ragland and Rodney Willingham. Cave Spring residents are guaranteed at least two new faces on the council, as Nick McLemore will run unopposed in Post 3 while Post 4 will see J.C. Boehm face Dennis Shoaf.

Voting in Cave Spring is divided up into wards with Posts 3, 4 and 5 on the ballot this November.

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By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News) 

The qualifying period for several municipal elections in Floyd County is only at its half-way mark, but competition is already fierce for the 13 contested seats in the local government. 

The race for the open posts on the Cave Spring City Council in-particular has drawn a surplus of candidates.  Just on Tuesday, local pastor Rodney Willingham joined author Mike Ragland and incumbent Peggy Allgood in the contest for Post 5. Dennis Shoaf also qualified for the Cave Spring Council Tuesday, vying for the Post 4 chair alongside Tumlin House Bed and Breakfast owner J.C. Boehm and incumbent Robin Clements. 

Tuesday was also fruitful for the seven contested spots on the Rome City School Board. Past planning commission representative Elaina Breeman and Dr. Richard Dixon with East Rome Animal Clinic qualified for the a board seats. The two newcomers bring the total vying for the open chairs to seven. 

Current Board Member Will Wood is retiring from his position. Officials say Judy Sims is still unsure whether or not she will run again. 


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