The cities of Jasper, Nelson and Talking Rock have numerous seats up for election this November, with candidate qualifying to be held on different dates prior to election day.
City council seats held by Sonny Proctor and Anne Sneve are up for grabs. Candidates must be a resident of the city of Jasper and have lived there for one year. Qualifying dates will be Monday, Aug. 16 through Wednesday, Aug. 18. Qualifying fees are $35.
The mayor’s seat, currently held by Sylvia Green, and two council seats, held by James Queen and Susan Johnston, are up for election. Candidates must be residents of Nelson and have lived there at least one year for council members, and at least two for the mayor’s seat. Qualifying fees are to be set at their June meeting with qualifying dates to be determined soon.
Council seats held by Andrea Watson (Post 1), Tony Hawf, (Post 2), and James Bryant Jr. (Post 4) are all up for election. Talking Rock Town Council will set qualifying fees and dates at their upcoming meeting on Thursday, June 10. Candidates must be a resident of Talking Rock and have lived there for one year.
There are no county or school elections this year. Next year, seats held by school board members Tucker Green, Steve Smith, and Aaron Holland will be up for election. Seats held by school board members Sue Finley and Tommy Gartrell are up for election in 2024.
Pickens’ west district commission seat, currently held by Jerry Barnes, will be up for election in 2022.
The Progress typically gathers election information from the Pickens County Elections Office, but the office currently does not have an elections supervisor. The elections supervisor quit abruptly after issues she had regarding changes to the Pickens Board of Election appointment process. There is a person staffing the office, but when asked about upcoming elections information said she was there to field phone calls and did not have that information. We gathered information from county and city clerks instead.