Politics: Qualifying begins Monday for the 2018 primaries. Candidates, please see new Hometown guidelines.

Politics: Qualifying begins Monday for the 2018 primaries. Candidates, please see new Hometown guidelines.

Republican candidate qualifying will take place at the offices of attorney David Guldenschuh, 512 E. First St., Rome, between Monday and next Friday.

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; 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: 

  • Qualifying: We’ll post an ongoing list of candidate qualifying starting Monday morning. We’ll post by office, identifying the candidate, which party and no more than a 100-word statement. Mug shots are welcome. We will not publish separate “candidate announcements.”
  • Primary and general election: Once qualifying ends on Friday, 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. We’ll likewise identify candidates who appear to be unopposed, barring independent qualifiers.
  • 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 breakouts on certain races if all candidates participate.  (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 post/cover candidate fund-raisers. We reserve the option of endorsing candidates.
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