By DONNA HARRIS
Cartersville City Council has set a date for a special election to fill the seat of Council 2 of the Cartersville School Board, which was released last week by the resignation of Floyd Braid, as well as the regular seat. Tim Chason, appointed by the council.
Council members set the date for the special election on Tuesday, March 19. Polling stations will be open from 7 am to 7 pm
Qualifications for both positions will be held from Monday, February 11th to Wednesday, February 13th from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm daily at Cartersville City Hall, second floor, 10 N. Public Square.
Qualification fees for school board candidates are $ 35.
Although Chason has held the position of extraordinary representative since the retirement of former board chair Linda Benton in July 2017, he is also required to stand in the Special Legislative Elections because of provisions set out in the city's charter.
The school board may not have more than one appointed member holding the position, and since the appointment of Chason, Braid's successor will be elected to the board.
However, section 5.05 of the City Charter provides that if a special election is to be called, "the vacancy previously filled by appointment and the existing vacancy shall be filled for unexpired mandates in a special election" .
Chason announced Monday evening at the school council meeting that he would run for the plenary elections because he promised Benton to complete his term, which expired on December 31.
Whoever wins the elected office in the special election will be re-elected in November.
Kathi White, a long-time educator, also announced that she would put all her weight in the ring to fill the vacant seat in Ward 2, to complete Braid's term, which ends in December 2021.