Next year will be a busy election year in Chattooga County. Many county offices will be up for a vote next year including County Commissioner and Sheriff. Qualification for county-wide offices will be from 9 AM on May 23, 2012 until May 24, 2012 at noon. Candidates that wish to run on either the Democratic or Republican ticket will qualify for election during this time period.
The May date is later than usual which means that primary campaigns will be shorter than they have been in years past. Due to the shorter time between qualification and the primary date, which is July 31, 2012, it is expected that some candidates will announce their intentions to run for office before the qualification date in May.
Plans are underway by local media outlets to host candidate forums to help inform Chattooga County voters about candidates for office. AM 1180 Chattooga County Radio along with The Summerville News and SKY 21 Television will sponsor the candidate forums as they did in 2008.