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Newton County's 2016 election candidates

Qualifying for the 2016 election ended Friday, and all but four local races will be contested.

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown, Clerk of Superior Court Linda Hays, Board of Education District 2 Eddie Johnson and Board of Education District 4 Almond Turner are all running unopposed.

The primary election, May 24, will decide four seats. Republicans are the only candidates on the ballot in two Board of Commissioner seats: Nathan Bradley and Stan Edwards for District 1; and Ronnie Cowan, Travis Moore and Jared Rutberg for District 5.

Democrat candidates were the only ones to qualify for the Board of Commissioners District 3 seat — Tim “Tee” Brown, Susette Monk and incumbent Nancy Schulz.

Probate Court Judge, vacated by retiring Judge Henry Baker, will be filled by one of two Republicans, Melanie Bell or Shannon Sneed.

The general election will be held Nov. 8.

Here is the complete list of qualified Newton County candidates

BOC Chair
Marcello Banes (D)
Phillip Johnson (D)
Levie Maddox (R)
Michael Syphoe (D)
Aaron Varner (R)

BOC District 1
Nathan Bradley (R)
Stanley Edwards (R)

BOC District 3
Tim “Tee” Brown (D)
Susette Monk (D)
Nancy Schulz (D) incumbent

BOC District 5
Ronnie Cowan (R)
Travis Moore (R)
Jared Rutberg (R)

Ezell Brown (D) incumbent

Clerk of Superior Court
Linda Hays (R) incumbent

Tax Commissioner
Casey Duren (D)
Barbara Dingler (R) incumbent

Dorothea Bailey-Butts (D)
Tommy Davis (R) incumbent

Probate Court Judge
Melanie Bell (R)
Shannon Sneed (R)

School Board District 2
Eddie Johnson (D) incumbent

School Board District 4
Almond Turner (D) incumbent