(Updated) Politics: Nearly $80,000 contributed overall to two judicial candidates so far this season.

(Updated) Politics: Nearly $80,000 contributed overall to two judicial candidates so far this season.

Campaign finance reports: Some of the first reports are in and one of the races we’re spotlighting in 2018 is superior court judge. The latest reports show more than $78,200 in campaign contributions so far. Almost as impressive: Seeing the donors who are lining up behind each of the candidates.

Emily Matson, superior court judge candidate,  received $33,673 in contributions and posted $9,664 in expenditures for the period, leaving $24,008 in the bank. Her contributors’ list reads like a who’s who from the legal community and business community. Details 

Kay Ann Wetherington, superior court judge candidate, received $44,540 in contributions and posted $7,612 in expenditures for the period, leaving $36,928 in the bank. Likewise, her contributors reads like an “A list” of local attorneys, business owners and those from the medical profession. Details

Qualifying for the 2018 primaries set.

Republican candidate qualifying will take place at the offices of attorney David Guldenshuch, 512 E. First St., Rome, between March 5 and 9.

Democratic candidate qualifying will take place in the offices of Salter Law Firm, 242 N. Fifth Ave., Rome. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, March 5-8; until noon Friday, March 9.

The calendar: The primary is May 22 this year with the runoff (if needed) set for July 24. The general election is Nov. 6. The local ballot this year features seats on the Floyd County Commission, School Board, superior court and the legislative delegation.

About our 2018 political coverage: Some changes are under way for this election cycle. Among them:

Candidate declarations/re-election announcements: We will post no more than just a few sentences on each. Basically the person’s name, office sought, political party and any other key information readers need to know. Plus: These will appear in a continuously updated file vs. separate files on each candidate.

Primary and general election: Once qualifying ends on March 9, we’ll post a list of candidates facing opposition in the May 22 primary and those who won’t be contested until the fall. These will be name and office only.

On Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM: We will not do separate interviews with each candidate. Before the May 22 primary, we might do candidate debates for specific races only.  (This applies only to our radio show; the radio station might have other coverage plans).

Campaign finance reports: We’ll be spotlighting a few races this year, usually those with the most community interest. We’ll have links where you can go for more detailed updates on the candidates’ financial dealings.

We do not post candidate endorsements or candidate fund-raiders — nor do we do candidate endorsements.

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