Editor's note: This story has been updated with new information from the City of Aragon on Kelsey Collum's status.
Some good news for the City of Aragon and local elections officials: they won't be needing to hold a vote in March after all.
Qualifying for the seat left open following the resignation of Duel Mitchell in January came to a close last week with only one candidate signing up to get on the ballot, Aragon resident Kelsey Collum.
Collum, who ran in the November election for a council seat against Debbie Pittman, now will take the seat without any opposition and thus no need for a vote that would have been held on March 21.
Since the Polk County Board of Education also voted in January to decline to fund the election for the Education-only Special Purpose, Local Option Sales Tax extension past 2020, it means there is officially no need for a ballot at all locally according to Elections Director Karen Garmon.
Aragon City Clerk Sandy Norman said the city checked with their attorney and local and state elections officials who said that Collum couldn't be sworn in until after the day scheduled for March's election, which would be Wednesday, March 22.
However, if a write-in candidate were suddenly to get onto the ballot before the deadline this Friday with enough signatures, Aragon would still have to hold the election.
Voter registration for the March election was set to end on Feb. 20.
Those who want to participate in upcoming elections in November for municipal seats in Cedartown, Rockmart and Aragon can contact the Board of Elections at 770-749-2103 for more information.
Local voters in the cities will go to the polls to vote on several council and commission seats up for election this year.