If you choose to run for an elected office in the city of Auburn, where would you go to qualify as a candidate?
That was a question debated at the Auburn council meeting last Thursday night.
Council members were presented an intergovernmental agreement to allow Barrow County to conduct city elections. Council member Dorissa Shackelford moved to approve the agreement, tacking on the stipulation that Barrow County conduct the qualifying of candidates as well. But not all council members agreed.
“Why should someone from Auburn have to go to Barrow County to qualify?” questioned council member Peggy Langley.
Shackelford noted the fee charged by Barrow County would remain the same, even with the additional duty.
Council members Bill Ackworth and Bob Vogel also voiced concern in regard to moving qualifying of candidates outside the city. But when a vote was called, all but Langley voted in favor of the motion, which would have required Barrow County to qualify candidates in addition to conducting city elections.
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