Busy ballot for Rome: With qualifying over, 15 seeking seven School Board seats, six in race for three City Commission posts.

Busy ballot for Rome: With qualifying over, 15 seeking seven School Board seats, six in race for three City Commission posts.


The central office of Rome City Schools in downtown. Hometown file photo.


Rome’s registered voters have a busy fall ahead, learning the names and backgrounds of a whopping 15 city School Board candidates as well as six City Commission hopefuls.

City Clerk Joe Smith says qualifying ended at 4:30 p.m. Friday and all candidates are certified. He’ll check to ensure residency but other than that, the School Board and City Commission ballots are set.

School Board: Who’s out

Cheryl Huffman and Bruce Jones, two veteran members of the Board of Education, did not seek new terms. That means at least two new faces on the board come January.

School Board: Incumbents running

Elaina Beeman, Will Byington, Faith Collins, Richard Dixon and Dale Swann have qualified to seek another term.

Who’s new in the hunt:

Lisa Davis, David Ehrler, Jill Fisher, Valerie Howard, Alvin Jackson,  Eric McDowell, Jim O’Hara,  Ron Roach, J.J. Seifert, John Uldrick.

Qualifying Friday was Lisa Davis.

The top seven vote-getters win the seats outright; there is no runoff.

Rome City Commission

There are three City Commission seats on the fall ballot from Ward Two: Wendy Davis, Jamie DossSue Lee. All three qualified for re-election Monday morning.

Also running for one of the three posts are: Bill Kerestes, Randy Quick and Monica Sheppard.

Qualifying Friday: Kerestes.

About the city commission elections:

  • At-large voting is used, which means that every registered city voter votes for all commissioners, three in each ward.
  • Election winners are selected by plurality voting, which means that the top three vote-getters from each ward wins. No majority is required.
  • The three seats on Ward One and three seats on Ward Three will appear on the November 2019 ballot.
  • Elections are non-partisan.
  • The City Commission elects a mayor and mayor pro tem.

Also expected on the city ballot (as well as a countywide ballot)

1-cent special purpose local option sales tax: Committee is soliciting ideas for a proposed extension of the penny-per-dollar local sales tax to fund various projects if approved by voters.

1-cent education local option sales tax: Both city of Rome and Floyd County schools’ teams are drafting projects to include on an additional one-cent-per-dollar local tax to fund specified school project. This would be an extension of the current education tax.

Key dates

Oct. 10: The last day to register to vote if you’re a lapsed or new city resident.

Advance voting begins Oct. 16 and ends Nov. 3.

The election is Tuesday, Nov. 7.

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