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Local GOP looking for candidates

Features Editor

Campaign signs are popping up in the county as a early reminder that election "season" is just around the bend.

Lawrence Bowden, chairman of the Pike County Republican Party, said the first date for Republicans to quality for the upcoming elections was Feb. 9, but there is still ample time to give serious thought to running for public office before the last day to qualify, April 5.

"We have six opportunities for members of the Republican party to qualify to run for office in Pike County and two state offices," Bowden said. "I would encourage any Republican who is interested in public office to consider running in the primary election June 4."

County offices up for grabs are sheriff, revenue commissioner, superintendent of education, Pike County Board of Education, place No.1, Pike County Board of Education place No. 2 and coroner. State offices are State Senate District No. 30 and State Representative District No. 89.

Papers and information for those who qualify on the local level are available by calling Bowden at (334) 735-3898.

Those who wish to qualify for state office should contact the Alabama Republican Party’s Birmingham office at (205) 978-2500.

Qualifying fees are $150.

"I encourage anyone who wants efficient, progressive, conservative government to consider qualifying for an office, either on the local or state levels," Bowden said. "I am available to talk with anyone who an interest in running for an office and will be glad to answer questions about the procedure. We always welcome volunteers to work with the Republican candidates campaigns, so I encourage potential candidates and volunteers to contact me and let’s get busy to make sure we have a successful 2002 campaign in the June primary and again in the general election Nov. 5.