SUMMERVILLE — This year Chattooga County voters will not only pick a new governor and other state officeholders, but they will have some local decisions to make.
Three judges and three Chattooga County Board of Education members will have to seek re-election this year if they want to keep their posts. Qualifying starts March 5 and ends at noon on March 9, according to Coun-ty Election Clerk Teresa Pope.
State Court Judge John Dennis said he will seek re-election. Superior Court Judge Ralph Van Pelt has also announced his candidacy. Now this week local attorney Melissa Hise announced her intentions to run against Van Pelt.
Judge Don Thompson, who was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal in November 2016 to fill the vacancy created by retiring Judge Jon Bolling Wood, will also have to run for his post.
School board members Alma Lewis, Larry Weesner and Eddie Massey will have to also seek re-election this year. Weesner has served since June 14, 2012. Lewis has served since Jan. 1, 2011 and Massey has served since Sept. 18, 2003.
Local voters may also be asked to give their opinion on several local ref-erendums. Chattooga County Commissioner Jason Winters is working to include a transportation sales tax and three alcohol-related questions.