Candidates for county offices, such as sheriff, county commission and county school board, must file with the county party chairman to qualify for the primary election.
County Democratic Party chair Stephanie Engle announced through a release, “The Talladega County Democratic Party has just learned that the Department of Justice, the Secretary of State, and the Attorney General have mandated a change in candidate qualifying dates in Alabama.”
The original qualifying dates were slated to open on Feb. 1 and close on or about April 4. The Alabama Democratic Party now states that candidate qualifying will open on or about Jan. 13 and close on Feb. 7.
Candidates should contact Engle at 256-362-3830 or Director of Elections, Registration and Participation Albert Bell at 256-493-2286 for information on how to qualify as a Democrat for a county office.
The Jefferson-Jackson fundraising dinner for Democrats will be held at the Renaissance Hotel in Montgomery Friday, Jan. 31, followed by a candidate training workshop for county chairs, select officers and Democratic candidates Saturday, Feb. 1, with in-depth information regarding ethics, filing reports and qualifying forms.
County Republican Party chair Danny Hubbard announced the Talladega County Republican Party Candidate Qualifying for the 2014 election will open qualifying Monday, Jan. 13, beginning at 8 a.m. and the last day of qualifying will be Friday, Feb. 7, at 5 p.m. For each of the two dates above, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., qualifying will be at Roberts Surveying, 117 East St. N. in Talladega. Any other time between these two dates will be by appointment only. Candidates may contact Hubbard at 770-815-7158 to set up an appointment other than those two dates.
The change in qualifying deadlines was made to help make sure ballots can be printed, distributed to overseas military personnel and returned in time for the votes to be counted.
While the qualifying deadline for Democrats and Republicans will move up, the election dates will remain June 3 for the primary, July 15 for the primary runoff and Nov. 4 for the general election.