City in N. Fulton extends qualifying for council seat

Not a single person filled out the necessary paperwork last week to qualify to run for the District 3 city council seat in Milton.

So, the city in north Fulton County is extending its deadline for qualifying until Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 5 p.m.

The original qualifying deadline for Milton’s upcoming municipal election in November was set for Aug. 25. By then, two candidates had qualified for mayor and three other candidates qualified for council seats.

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In the mayoral race, incumbent Joe Lockwood will face a challenger in Dr. Laura Rencher, an Alabama native who holds degrees from the universities of South Alabama, Texas and Georgia State. She has lived in Milton for 10 years.

For the District 2 city council seat, incumbent Bill Lusk will face a challenger in Laura Bentley, a farm owner who holds degrees from Appalachian State and Mercer universities. She is currently the chairperson for the Milton Equestrian Committee.

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Milton’s District 1 will have a new representative on the city council, as incumbent Karen Thurman decided against running, leaving no challengers for newcomer Peyton Jamison.

Qualifying will be held at Milton City Hall, 2006 Heritage Walk in the city clerk's office. The qualifying fee is $390.

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