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Mayor, council seats up for election in November

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    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.