By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia
Today is the last day candidates for the Hart County Magistrate Judge race may qualify.
Qualifying ends at noon today at the office of the Hart County Probate Judge.
Candidates will vie for the seat left vacant by Tony Wellborn, who died suddenly last October.
According to the Hart County Probate Judge office, seven people have qualified for the seat as of late Thursday. They include Todd Townsend, acting Hart County Magistrate JudgeTheresa Brown, Bob Cordell, Joey Smith, Kay Ankerich, and Thomas Jordan.
A special election for the seat will be held March 19th. The qualifying fee is $1,491.65.
Meantime, the Lavonia City Council set their qualifying fee at $35 for the city council race. The council voted Thursday to keep it at the same rate it has been for past elections.
Two city council seats will be up for re-election in November, that of Don Canady and David Howell.