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Update on city election candidates

Candidates who have qualified for city elections



 The following is a list of canditates that had qualified by noon on Friday, Aug. 25. Qualification for Talking Rock ended Thursday, Aug. 24. Qualification for Jasper and Nelson will end at 4:30 today. 


 From Election's office - 

 Jasper City Council (2 Seats)


Ryan O’Dea

Anne Sneve – Incumbent


Doug Patterson

Sonny Proctor - Incumbent



Nelson Mayor

 Mike Haviland

Sylvia Green


Nelson Council (Special)

 Lamar Kellett


Nelson Council (2 Seats)


 James Queen – Incumbent


Chad Green 


Talking Rock Town Council (3 Seats)


Post 1

Andrea Watson


Post 2

Cheryl Sams - Incumbent


Post 4

Donald Miller



Original story on qualifying and what's up for grabs.


The cities of Jasper, Nelson and Talking Rock all have council seats, and one mayoral seat, up for election this year, with qualifying to begin on August 21, 2017.   

These cities will hold a general election and one special election on November 7th to fill these seats. 

In the city of Jasper councilmembers Anne Sneve and Sonny Proctor are up for re-election. Qualifying costs $35.  

In Nelson, Mayor Larry Ray is up for reelection and councilmembers James Queen and Kelsey Riehl also have terms that will expire at the end of the year. The council seat for Tina Monaghan’s unexpired term is also up for grabs. Monaghan left her position as

city councilmember to work as Nelson’s city clerk. Qualifying costs $25. 

In Talking Rock councilmembers Terri Jordan, Cheryl Sams and Espey Smith are up for reelection. Qualifying is a bargain at just $1.

Candidates in all races must qualify at the Pickens County Elections & Registration Office at 83 Pioneer Road in Jasper. Qualifying in Jasper and Nelson runs from Monday, Aug. 21 through Friday, Aug. 25. In Talking Rock qualifying runs from Monday, Aug. 21 through Thursday, Aug. 24. The elections office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on those days (closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.). 

Advanced voting will take place at the elections office from October 16 through November 3, 2017. The election will take place on November 7 at regular polling places.

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