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By Mike McCormick
2024 will be a big year of elections for not only the nation but for Randolph County as citizens will go to the polls and vote for several different offices.
According to Randolph County Probate Judge George Diamond, qualifying for candidates for local elections will continue for Republican and Democratic hopefuls until November 10. Candidates not qualified by November 10 will not appear on the ballot.
To qualify as a Republican, you must contact Sid Hare. Hare is the chairman of the Randolph County GOP and can be reached at email@example.com or at 344-646-0108.
Democrat hopefuls will need to contact Kerry Drake, the chair of the Randolph County Blues, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 334-646-0123.
Offices up for election in Randolph County include all five County Commission seats, Superintendent of Education, Probate Judge, Circuit Clerk, two Circuit Judge seats and seats one, two and six on the county school board.
The Randolph County Commission recently posted salary information for some of the seats available in the upcoming election. Under current law, the salary of the Probate Judge is $65,786.18 annually. The County Commission Chair is paid $23,864.02, and each of the other County Commissioners are paid $18,851.74 per year. These officials are eligible for single and family health insurance, as well as life insurance.
The Alabama primary election will be held March 5, 2024, and a runoff if needed will be April 16. The general election will be November 5.
The Randolph County GOP will meet Tuesday, Nov. 14, at La Cocina Mexican restaurant in downtown Roanoke at 6 p.m. for supper and fellowship followed by a business meeting at 7 p.m. No speakers are scheduled but there will be lots of news about county elections. If you would like to attend or are even contemplating attending please contact Sid Hare. If you don’t plan to eat, no response is necessary.
The Democratic Part of Randolph County meets the fourth Tuesdsay of every month at 6 p.m. at the Annie L.Awbrey Public Library in Roanoke, according to the organization’s website.