Special election to fill school board seats set for March 19

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The Cartersville City Council has set the date for a special election to fill the Cartersville City School Board’s Ward 2 seat vacated last week by Floyd Braid’s resignation as well as the at-large seat held by board appointee Tim Chason.  

Council members set Tuesday, March 19, as the date for the special election, and the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Qualifying for both posts will run from Monday, Feb. 11, through Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m each day at Cartersville City Hall, second floor, at 10 N. Public Square.

The qualifying fee for school board candidates is $35.

Though Chason has been serving as the at-large representative since former board President Linda Benton retired in July 2017, he also must run for the seat in the special election due to provisions spelled out in the city charter.

The school board cannot have more than one appointed board member holding office, and since Chason was appointed, Braid’s successor will have to be elected to the board.

But Section 5.05 of the city charter says if a special election has to be called, “the vacancy previously filled by appointment as well as the existing vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired terms in a special election.”    

Chason announced at Monday night’s called school board meeting that he will seek election to the at-large seat because he promised Ms. Benton he would finish her term, which expires Dec. 31. 

Whoever wins the at-large post in the special election will be up for re-election in November. 

Longtime educator Kathi White also announced that she is throwing her hat into the ring for the vacant Ward 2 seat to finish Braid’s term, which ends December 2021.