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Eight Republicans qualify for local races

A slew of Republicans have qualified to run for local office, including three candidates for the Hall County Board of Commissioners.

Eight Republicans are so far qualified to run for office, according to Hall County Republican Party Chairman Matt Smith.

Commission incumbents Kathy Cooper and Scott Gibbs have qualified to run in the May Republican primary. Cooper represents District 1 in South Hall.

A challenger to Gibbs, who represents Hall’s large District 3 covering North and East Hall, qualified on Tuesday: Shelly Echols.

Echols is the human resources director of Daniel’s Charters, a 75-employee charter bus company, and is married to Jaemor Farms’ Drew Echols.

Two Republicans have qualified to run for the open Hall County School Board Post 2 seat: Mark Pettitt and Gina Pilcher. Board incumbents Bill Thompson and Sam Chapman have also qualified to run for re-election, Smith said.

Meanwhile, Hall County Solicitor General Stephanie Woodard qualified to run for re-election this week.

Kim Copeland, chairman of the Hall County Democratic Party, did not return calls from The Times about who qualified to run as a Democrat. 

Qualifying for county races is open through noon on Friday. Partisan primaries are set for May. More information can be found at the Hall County Elections Office.

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