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Election to replace Searles isn't clear

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Commissioner Art Searles died suddenly this week Commissioner Art Searles died suddenly this week

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

August 21, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The process to replace Commissioner Art Searles, who died suddenly this week, may not end with a special primary election in November.

Wednesday, the Dougherty County elections office announced a special Democratic primary for November 4th to name a nominee for the district five county commission seat.

After the primary, if a write-in candidate qualifies to run, there will be a special called election. Otherwise, the nominee from the primary will win without another election.

Elections Supervisor Carolyn Hatcher said, "He was the nominee for the Democratic party for the November election. Since there is no nominee now left, there's no Republican nominee, and he was it as far as being on the ballot, we have to have a special primary to fill that position."

Hatcher isn't certain when a special called general election would be held or if one is required.

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