In recent weeks, political hopefuls have emailed headshots and press releases to local media outlets to announce their bids for various offices.
But election season doesn't really begin until Wednesday, the day that prospects start filing the necessary paperwork to get their names on the July 31 general primary ballot.
This afternoon, details on how to qualify as a candidate for elected office were posted on the 's website.
From 9 a.m. Wednesday until noon Friday, Democratic and Republican candidates can file their paperwork and pay their corresponding fees at the . Nonpartisan candidates must go to the .
Qualifying fees range from $35 for coroner and surveyor to $3,921.81 for state court judge and chief state court judge.
In Cherokee, qualifying could get complicated. Redrawn school board and commission maps, the result of , have not been approved by the U.S. Department of Justice.
School board attorney Tom Roach addressed the matter during .
Should the new district maps not be approved by the end of business next Tuesday, Roach said the county’s election superintendent would be responsible to decide the next step. That could include requalifying once the new maps are approved, having a judge rule should a lawsuit be filed or allowing the board members to maintain their current posts until the next election.
“What happens after that is anybody’s guess,” Roach said.
- Click here to see new maps.
- Click here to find out where you can qualify for elected office.
- Click here to find out the offices that are up for election.