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Mayor, council seats up for election in November

    Ten offices are up for grabs in local elections later this year, including seats currently held by Jasper Mayor John Weaver and Talking Rock Mayor Carol Opdenhoff.
     In addition to the two mayoral seats, three council seats are up for election in Nelson, three in Jasper and two in Talking Rock. 

    • In Jasper, seats held by council members John Foust, Jim Looney and Tony Fountain are up.
    • Seats held by council members Martha Tipton, Tina Monaghan and Michal Haviland in Nelson.
    • Post 3 held by Charles Opdenhoff and Post 5 held by Jessica Wells in Talking Rock.
    Qualifying for Jasper and Talking Rock begins August 31 and runs through September 2. Qualifying in Nelson begins August 31 and runs through September 4.
    Qualifying fees are $35 in Jasper; $25 in Nelson; and $1 in Talking Rock. To qualify candidates must have resided in the city/town in which they wish to run for one year prior to the election.
    Qualifying is held at the Pickens County Board of Elections & Registration from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Early voting begins October 12 and ends October 30. Early voting is held at the Pickens County Board of Elections & Registration from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
    Regular voting on November 3 will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at regular polling places.
    The Pickens County Board of Elections & Registration is located at 83 Pioneer Road, Jasper, Ga. 30143. They can be reached at 706-253-8781.


+8 #11 Thomas 2015-08-31 13:39
The only thing I can say about the Mayor of is he needs to worry about Jasper instead of the county. We have elected officials for that he has already took Jasper city limits almost to the Cherokee line and Gilmer Line he knows he doesn't have the Police and Fie Depts. to cover this much territory.
Rocky Raccoon
-2 #12 Rocky Raccoon 2015-08-31 15:12
People may not like him personally. But Johnny has done an outstanding job. One hell of a job I would say. He didn't just sit back. He has looked ahead and worked hard. Look at how much better town looks now. Crosswalks, bricks, trees, the monument.
You haters be haters, cause you a'inters be a'ints
Joe Kirk
0 #13 Joe Kirk 2015-09-03 12:52
Most of the Business owners within the city limits do not even live within the city limits. Alot of the rental homes, property, etc. is owned and/or operated by people living outside the line but in Pickens. There are many paying more taxes than the office holders and more concerned with their assets than the Mayor, Council, etc. So, bottom line is I disagree with Must Live Within The City. Facts are facts and doubting that Pickens Progress will post this. They are not against any political and business questionable situations.
Kenneth Shelton
+2 #14 Kenneth Shelton 2016-06-04 19:53
I will be running for mayor of our great city we all love. As a proud conservative that stands by every word of the Bible and Constitution, I know I am the most qualified Republican candidate to replace John Weaver.
Please check out my Facebook page. Please email me if you would like to speak with me about my political stance.
Thanks and God bless

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